Asplenium australasicum, the birds nest fern, is an epiphytic fern that sends out large fronds from a central point, making a lovely nest shaped plant. Once established, they can grow quite large, making a dramatic statement for a shaded or semi shaded position. They can grow in trees, on rocks, or can grow in a well drained but moist soil. They also make good container plants.
Birds nest ferns need a shaded to half shaded position, as full sun will burn the fronds. Asplenium australasicum can withstand some frost. They can be fed with a half strength liquid fertiliser through the warmer months.
|Scientific Name:||Asplenium nidus|
|Common Name:||Birds Nest Fern|
|Height:||0.5 ~ 1.5 metres|
|Width:||0.5 ~ 1.5 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Poolside, Container growing|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate|
|Light:||Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Attractive foliage|
|Special Uses:||Bog gardens, Playground friendly|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.