Bird’s Nest Fern Care

This tropical fern gets its name from being able to grow on top of other plants, much like a bird's nest.

Basic Bird’s Nest Fern Care

Whilst they won’t be crowned for being the easiest houseplant to care for anytime soon, the Bird’s Nest Fern isn’t super fussy and once you’ve found a good spot in your home for it, they will become fairly low maintenance (ish). They get their names from their ability to grow on top of other plants, just like a Bird’s Nest!

So if you’re looking to bring a bit of the tropics into your home, then a Bird’s Nest Fern is a great way to do that! Below you will find everything you need to know to care for a Bird’s Nest Fern and keep it happy and healthy!

Detailed Bird’s Nest Fern Care

They can survive in most light conditions

One great thing about Bird’s Nest Ferns is that they can deal with anything from medium light to bright indirect light. The only thing you want to avoid is direct light as this can scorch the leaves on your fern.

Let the soil dry out between waterings

You want to make sure the soil has enough time to dry out between waterings. This will be about once a week during summer but less during the colder months.

Bird’s Nest Ferns like high humidity

As they are native to tropical areas, Bird’s Nest Ferns thrive in high humidity. We recommend using a humidifier to help boost humidity around your fern. They will grow in the average humidity in your home but won’t like particularly dry air.

Average room temperature is fine

You don’t need to worry too much about temperature and your Bird’s Nest Fern as it will be happy in normal room temperature.

Don’t water directly onto the plant

When watering your Bird’s Nest Fern try not to water directly onto the leaves, but instead into the soil. This prevents harming any new leaves that are emerging as they are super delicate. It also prevents any leaf rot.

Fertilise once a month during the growth period

We recommend fertilising your Bird’s Nest Fern once a month during spring and summer using a water soluble fertiliser. Weaken it more than it says on the label to prevent fertiliser burn.

Only repot when the fern is unstable

Bird’s Nest Ferns don’t tend to become rootbound so the only reason you will want to repot your fern is if it becomes unstable and starts leaning or falling over.

Propagating your Bird’s Nest Fern is a little different

You might be used to the main propagation methods of other houseplants but it is different for Bird’s Nest Ferns. These use spores which you propagate in a moist environment such as peat moss.

Bird’s Nest Fern are safe for pets and humans

If you have a pet or child in your home then you don’t need to worry about having them around your Bird’s Nest Fern as they are completely safe.

Bird’s Nest Fern Care FAQs

Common Problems with Bird’s Nest Ferns

Ferns do have a bit of a reputation of being sensitive to change and fussy about their environment and whilst the Bird’s Nest Fern isn’t the hardest fern to care for, it’s definitely worth noting down some of these warning signs so that you can diagnose any issues that might pop up.


Written by Billy Dawson



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