Bird’s Nest Fern ‘Hurricane’ (Asplenium antiquum)

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Plant Details

Category: Houseplants
Light: Medium Light
Bloom Season:
Height: 2-3' / 
0.6-0.9m
Space: 2-3' / 
0.6-0.9m
Zones: 11, 12
Lowest Temp: 50° to 80°F / 
10° to 27°C
Colors: Grown for foliage

Basic Care

Keep soil evenly moist and fertilize regularly. Rotate plants often to maintain uniform growth.

Water

Water every 5 to 7 days depending on light and temperature. Keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy.

Soil

All-purpose potting mix.

Feed

Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly.

Ornamental Foliage

Containers

Features

Less ferny than many of its relatives, ‘Hurricane’ has long, broad leaves with wavy edges rather than finely cut fronds. The gorgeous green foliage naturally twists to the right and makes for a beautiful contrast to other ferns! Adds a bit of green décor for bathrooms as it does well in the humidity common there. PP28,746 ‘VITASPHUR’ Propagation Prohibited

Uses

Perfect for all kinds of containers. Very decorative on a small table or in a hanging basket. Potted plants can be grown outdoors in the summer and brought back inside when temperatures are expected to fall below 50°F (10°C). Can be grown outdoors year-round in frost-free climates, in a pot or in the ground.

Bird’s Nest Fern ‘Hurricane’ (Asplenium antiquum) Care Guide

Start with a good quality, commercial potting soil. These are usually lighter in weight than topsoil, sterile and pest-free. Many are available with a mild starter fertilizer in the mix.

Select a container with a drainage hole or be prepared to drill holes for drainage if there are none.

Prepare the container by filling with potting soil up to 2” (5cm) from the rim of the planter. Remove the plant from its pot.

Make a small hole in the soil slightly larger than the root ball either by hand or using a trowel. Insert the plant into the hole and press soil firmly around the roots and just covering the root ball. When all the plants are potted, water thoroughly to settle the soil and give plants a good start. Place plant in a reliably sunny location.

Repot every 2 years in the same container or in a container slightly larger than the diameter of the roots.

Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Check the soil moisture with your finger. If the top 2-4” (5-10cm) of soil is dry, or plants are wilted, it is time to water.

Apply water at the soil level if possible to avoid wetting the foliage. Water the entire soil area until water runs out the base of the pot. This indicates that the soil is thoroughly wet.

Most container plants can be pruned freely to maintain the desired size and shape. Keeping the foliage trimmed also keeps the plants looking neat and tidy, encourages the plant to develop more side-shoots and flowers, and reduces the demand for the plant to develop a larger root system. This is important since the roots are in a confined space.

Fertilizers are available in many forms: granulated, slow-release, liquid feeds, organic or synthetic. Determine which application method is best for the situation and select a product with a nutritional balance designed for foliage plants.

Too much fertilizer can damage plants so it’s important to follow the package directions to determine how much, and how often, to feed plants.

Slow-release fertilizers are an especially good, care-free choice for container plants. A single application can often provide plants with the proper level of nutrition all season long.

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