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Birds Nest Fern 6”

Birds Nest Fern 6”

Light Requirements

  • Brightness: Bird's Nest Fern prefers bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the fronds.
  • Placement: Place your fern near an east or north-facing window where it can receive filtered light. If placed in a south or west-facing window, use a sheer curtain to diffuse the light.


  • Frequency: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top inch of soil feels slightly dry.
  • Method: Water the soil thoroughly until water drains out of the bottom of the pot. Avoid watering directly into the center of the rosette to prevent rot. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

Humidity and Temperature

  • Humidity: Bird's Nest Fern thrives in high humidity, ideally around 60-80%. Increase humidity by using a humidifier, placing a water tray nearby, or misting the plant regularly.
  • Temperature: Maintain temperatures between 60-80°F (15-27°C). Protect the plant from cold drafts and sudden temperature changes, as it is sensitive to temperatures below 55°F (13°C).

Soil and Fertilization

  • Soil: Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix with added perlite or orchid bark to improve drainage. A mix designed for ferns or houseplants works well.
  • Fertilization: Feed your Bird's Nest Fern every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half strength. Reduce feeding during the fall and winter months.

Pruning and Cleaning

  • Pruning: Regularly remove any dead or damaged fronds to encourage new growth and maintain the plant’s appearance. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears.
  • Cleaning: Gently wipe the fronds with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep them looking vibrant. Avoid using leaf shine products, as they can block the fronds' pores.


  • Frequency: Repot every 1-2 years or when the plant becomes root-bound. Spring is the best time to repot your Bird's Nest Fern.
  • Pot Selection: Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches larger in diameter than the current one and ensure it has drainage holes.

Pest Management

  • Common Pests: Bird's Nest Fern can be susceptible to pests like spider mites, scale, and mealybugs. Regular inspections and keeping the plant clean can help prevent infestations.
  • Control: If you notice pests, treat them early with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or by wiping them off with a damp cloth.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

  • Yellowing Fronds: This can be caused by overwatering, underwatering, or low humidity. Ensure proper watering practices and maintain high humidity.
  • Brown Leaf Tips: Often caused by low humidity or inconsistent watering. Increase humidity and ensure even watering practices.
  • Wilting or Drooping Fronds: Can be a sign of root rot or insufficient watering. Check the soil moisture and adjust your watering schedule accordingly.

General Tips

  • Acclimation: When bringing a new Bird's Nest Fern home, give it time to acclimate to its new environment. Avoid moving it frequently.
  • Rotation: Rotate the plant every few weeks to ensure even growth and prevent it from leaning towards the light source.
  • Avoid Overhandling: The fronds of Bird's Nest Fern are delicate, so handle the plant gently to avoid damaging the foliage.

Care Instructions

Delivery only available in IL & MO

Currently, shipping is only available to Illinois and Missouri addresses.

In-Store Pick Up

Free in-store pick-up is available during store hours. Orders are ready to go within 24-48 hours after your order is placed.

Additional Info

Each plant is unique; size, coloring, and shape fluctuate so your plant may be slightly different than the one pictured. However, you'll always receive a happy healthy plant hand-picked, and I won't give customers anything I wouldn't take home myself!

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