PlantsAsplenium→Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium antiquum 'Crissie')

Also sold as:
Asplenium nidus

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 24 inches
Plant Spread: 48 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Other: Does not produce blooms. As a true fern, it has spores.
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic


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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Apr 16, 2013 6:05 PM

Eye-catching, in a Seuss-ian sort of way. I overheard somebody say it looked like a cross between a birdsnest fern and a christmas cactus, with the branching formation at the ends of the fronds. The 2013 Philly Flower Show is the first place I've seen one of these.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Bird nest fern by ekurie Feb 10, 2019 9:14 AM 10
Dying fern? by Phoenix178 Aug 11, 2018 2:33 PM 6
Plant ID by ljones26 Jun 20, 2017 5:20 AM 3
So, who grows Bird Nest Ferns, Asplenium varieties? by Carter Nov 3, 2017 11:21 PM 15
Houseplant display - how do you display yours? by SongofJoy Oct 25, 2014 5:28 PM 116

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