March 22, 2022
Hurricane Bird's Nest Fern
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about Asplenium nidus ‘Hurricane’, commonly known as Bird’s Nest Fern. This wacky variety is part of the Aspleniaceae, or fern family, and is epiphytic in nature. The Bird’s Nest fern is native to tropical Southeastern Asia, Eastern Australia, Hawaii, Polynesia, Christmas Island, India, and Eastern Africa. This is a relatively new variety of that has an incredible spiral growth habit and glossy green leaves. These have truly stolen our hearts! Move over hoyas! If you are looking to get into ferns, this is a great place to start as there are many different varieties of Bird’s Nest Ferns to collect and they are EASY to grow.
Let’s talk about care. When it comes to light, the Hurricane fern is going to do well in a moderately, bright but indirect light. Keep out of direct sun as this will scorch the leaves. Hurricane ferns need a fluffy, well-draining potting soil. We like Espoma’s All Purpose Organic Potting Mix. This is a fern is totally adaptable but does thrive with humidity and moisture. Never allow your fern to dry out. Misting your plant during the winter months is a great way to keep it looking happy and green. We highly recommend the Mossify’s Continuous Water Mister for this and all your indoor plants - a life saver for sore hands. Check for watering weekly. If your fern does dry out to much, it will show signs by browing and crisping on the edges of its leaves
As we all know, pests are common when dealing with houseplants. Check during your watering routine, and it’s not a bad idea to have Insecticidal Soap at the ready. Common pests to look out for with this fern are mealy bugs and spider mites. Treat as needed and enjoy your healthy, glowing, wacky fern.