Asplenium australasicum – Birds Nest Fern

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.

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Family : Aspleniaceae
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Plant Type : Fern
Width : 1.5
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Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Special Uses : Bog gardens, Pipe and drain friendly, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Asplenium nidus
Common Name : Birds Nest Fern
Height : 1.5
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pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Poolside, Container growing
Light : Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
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