Lava Bird's Nest Fern
The Asplenium or Bird's Nest Fern on Lava is rooted in lava rock that's from a 700-degree volcanic eruption. The porous material allows the plant to anchor its roots into the rock and absorb moisture and nutrients. With its elegant black stone tray, this sculptural plant will look fab on a desk or table.
Height is measured from the bottom of the plastic nursery pot (please allow a +/-10% variance). Diameter is the nursery pot diameter, so to get a pot that fits, the pot diameter should be bigger.
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To see me at my best
Keep my tray topped up with rainwater, if possible, and add liquid plant fertiliser during the summer months.
Plant Care Tips
Keep me in a humid room like a bathroom or kitchen. Or mist me regularly.
I thrive in bright indirect light, out of direct sunshine. I can also tolerate light shade.
When my top few cms of soil is dry water me around my centre, to avoid my roots getting too wet and rotting.
About Lava Bird's Nest Fern
The Bird's Nest Fern is in the genus of ferns called Asplenium, traditionally referred to as spleenworts. Spleenworts were used as a medicine, from the Medieval period until the 19th century, to treat a range of conditions, including alopecia, dandruff and kidney stones.
Bird's Nest Ferns are epiphytes, meaning they grow on the surface of other plants, absorbing nutrients and moisture from the air rather than from a root system. In their native range, from southeast Asia and East Africa, they can often be found living in nooks of palm trees.
In their natural habitat, the Bird's Nest Fern lives below the tree canopy where there is bright, indirect light and lots of humidity. They will thrive in similar conditions and would suit being kept in your bathroom or kitchen.
Did you know?
Asplenium nidus has been used in traditional medicine for asthma, sores, weakness, and halitosis. The sprouts are eaten as a vegetable in Taiwan where they are often sautéed with chilli and garlic.