This Bird’s Nest Fern rescue was probably my most difficult rescue yet. When I am on the hunt for a good rescue, I like to find plants that I know my friends would love. When I spotted this very sad Bird’s Nest Fern, I just had to try and save it.

Bird’s Nest Fern Care:

Soil: The Asplenium nidus likes loose well draining soil that is evenly moist. The soil on this neglected fern was as had as a rock. It slide right out of the plastic pot and would not budge from around the dry brittle roots. Since I couldn’t get rid of the soil, I just soaked it as best I could. The plant needed to be watered every other day or it would start to droop again.

Eventually, the soil started to hold a little more moisture and I was able to break some of the dirt away and repot the plant with some new soil in a pot just one size up.

Water: These ferns like humidity and an evenly moist soil I have found that ferns can tolerate drying out between waters. I know this because I forget to water and they always seem fine. However, for a healthy plant keep them hydrated.

Light: Ferns like bright indirect light. In the case of the Bird’s Nest Fern, keep them away from prolonged direct sun or you risk burning their leaves. I started by housing this plant in my little outdoor greenhouse and the light was too intense and began to crisp the leaves. After moving her to a more shady spot, she has been fin ever since.

If you are into plant rescues, check out the SuburbanSill plant rescues on You tube. You might also like this post on rescuing this Hoya carnosa compacta