13 Oct

Lovely, Evergreen Fern: Asplenium Nidus, Bird’s Nest Fern

Native to eastern Africa, Asia and Australia, Asplenium is a large genus of ferns some of which are usually known among gardeners as Bird’s Nest Fern. Most species of Asplenium are easy to grow as outdoor and indoor houseplants. The most common of all species is Asplenium Nidus.

Commonly known as Hart’s Tongue Fern, Spleenwort or sometimes as Mother’s Fern, Asplenium Nidus produces large and wide fronds that resemble banana leaves. It is a nice ornamental plant suitable for container gardening or in hanging baskets. Since it is a slow growing plant, it won’t require much care; annual mulching and prunning is usually succficient to keep the plant in good shape.

Asplenium Nidus, Bird's Nest Fern

Asplenium Nidus, Image by Ahmad Fuad Morad

How to grow Hart’s Tounge Fern

Asplenium Nidus grows as an evergreen, shade-loving plant. It can be propagated easily from divisions. Mature plants grow and divide freely and provide strikingly fresh and green foliage for a year round display. Provide regular water, well-drained and a bit boggy soil, and a damp corner in your garden to keep the plant fresh and healthy.

 

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