Bird’s Nest Ferns – How to Grow and Varieties

Bird’s Nest Ferns – How to Grow and Varieties

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Today we’re looking at Bird’s Nest Ferns
and you can grow them outdoors in the garden and some of them are great for
growing indoors as well Robyn, from Fern Acres nursery is going to show us some
of the different varieties that are available and talk about how to grow
them. There are two main varieties of Bird’s Nest Fernsn in Australia Asplenium
australasicum and Asplenium nidus, these are all natural variations of
those two plants and we’ll talk a bit about each one and then tell you the
growing conditions and show you some we have growing naturally here. This one is
a narrow leaf crested bird’s nest it starts off at the base quite narrow and
then widens as it comes up and then bifurcates or splits and continues to
split creating little fingers on the end, s this next one is the broadleaf
crested and you can see quite a bit of difference in the width of the foliage
the broadleaf crested doesn’t split in the same way that the narrow leaf
crested does but you can see on an older plant more mature plant creates ruffles
on the end of the foliage. This is Lasagna or or Lasagna bird’s nest commonly
called this because it has the ripple right through the leaf similar to what a
sheet of lasagna will have they all grow the same there’s no difference in
growing techniques from one business to another but they’re just variations
natural variations that occur this last one is Lady Victoria birds nest like the
Lasagna bird’s nest it has a ripple but the ripple on this one is just along the
edge of the foliage quite a pretty one and one of my favorites as a mature
plant it has quite broad as opposed to the lasagna which has
narrower more compressed leaves and can be grown as an indoor plant requiring a
lot less water than most ferns indoors and most phones in general bird’s nest
ferns naturally grow either as Lithophyte on rocks or epiphytes on trees
it’s important to remember that because they grow as Lithophytes or epiphytes
if you have them in your garden or you’re growing them indoors not to
overwater them they can get very fussy if you’re growing in the garden or in a
fern area where you have a sprinkler system it’s important to not plant them
at the same ground level as everything else but to only half or part plant them
in the ground and mound up around them so that you’re creating more drainage so
that you don’t have to cut off sprinkler systems and work around them this is the
spore pattern on the back of a mature leaf of a bird’s nest fern commonly we
get asked about what sort of pest or disease this is it’s not a pest or
disease it’s just the plant trying to produce seed for reproduction and
commonly this will start off as little striations on the back of the leaf that
are quite pale and then as the mature or as the seed matures and becomes ready to
be sown it gets this dark brown color it’s not
the brown is not actually the seed but the caps over the seed and the spore
will tend to be bright yellow that’s it for bird’s nest ferns for more
information on all sorts of other ferns and indeed all aspects of gardening
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4 thoughts on “Bird’s Nest Ferns – How to Grow and Varieties

  • Molly Cher Post author

    How interesting! Never knew there were that many varieties of birds nest. I only have the broad leaved crested ones I took off from my orchid pots. But I really did learn quite a bit about this species now. 👍👍👏👏 Thank you! 🙏🙏

  • Lady Enchantress Garden and Travel Post author

    I have propagating these for years. They are so nice tiny babies. I like them that way tho than being a big as plant 😄

  • Mirak Subba Post author

    Jonny is this a hybrid from Melbourne ?

  • theresa94010 Post author

    How to propagate them? Can you share your knowledge on this?

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