Bird Nest Fern 'Leslie'
Asplenium nidus 'Leslie', 4"
The bright tropical green leaves are long and wild with little ruffled “toes” on the end.
Key Information and Plant Overview
- Binomial Name: Asplenium nidus ‘Leslie’
- Care Level: Easy to medium
- Light: Bright indirect or filtered light
- Water: Keep soil moist
- Pet Friendly: Yes
Instantly transport yourself to the tropics with these picturesque green leaves of the Bird’s Nest Fern ‘Leslie’. The bright tropical green leaves are long and wild with little ruffled “toes” on the end. These plants prefer moist humid conditions making them perfect for the bathroom.
PlantX Top Tip: Be careful to not handle young or new foliage as they are susceptible to significant damage.
How to Care for Bird’s Nest Fern ‘Leslie’
- Light: Bright indirect or filtered light.
- Water: Keep the soil slightly moist. Water thoroughly and drain any excess water.
- Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
- Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F to 75°F)
- Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
- Propagation: Division
- Repotting: This can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
- Cleaning Tip: Gently remove dried, browning mature leaves from the base.
- Toxicity: Non-toxic. Always keep plants out of reach of pets and children.
Bird’s Nest Fern ‘Leslie’ - Common Problems
The leaves are turning brown and dying: Remove the brown foliage. Ensure you’re keeping the soil evenly moist and providing the plant with ample humidity.
The plant is dying out in the middle: There are two reasons for this. The first reason, provide bright, indirect light to ensure healthy new growth. The second reason, the plant may need to be divided - yay! Two plants.
My plant isn’t growing any new leaves: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10. Place your plant in bright indirect light. Direct light will cause burning on the leaves.
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.
Common Pests: Spider mites and fungus gnats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does bird nest fern need sunlight to grow? Place your plant in a bright indirect or filtered light location.
Plants arrived save and in great condition. They are doing great, thank you.
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