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Your Christmas Gift Search Ends At Bird’s Nest Fern

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Being humans, we desire to maintain our homes and decorate them. Or if the time happens to be the festival season, i.e., Christmas, Thanksgiving, or, say, new year, then people go crazy. Crazy? But why? The reason is that the festive season allows them to buy new and innovative products. Providing them with infinite options to choose from to decorate their homes.

Interestingly, we also have a habit of forgetting the most durable product and, guess what it is, focus. No. Well, what else other than plants? Which are available at any plant shop. However, the plants can be used not to decorate your space(personal or professional) but as a festive present to your near-dear ones. 

The plant that has been successful in gaining our attention is the eye-pleasing bird’s nest fern. 

Well, keeping a plant is a very big responsibility. So if you wish to give the plant as a gift or wish to decorate your own place, then a few tips are being mentioned for the maintenance of the plant. 

Let us first know the basics of the plant 

Bird’s nest fern

Bird’s nest fern(Asplenium nidus) or nest fern is a spellbinding, tropical, evergreen, slow-growing, perennial plant. The plant has glossy, light-green leaves but does not bear flowers and can thrive gleefully in your abode with a little care. The plant is native to Southeast Asia, Australia, east Africa, and Hawaii and can grow up to 5 feet tall. 

The looks

The plant is an epiphytic fern(the plant that grows on other plants and is often called an air plant, as these plants get nutrients from rainwater, air and varied sources). 

The plants’ petals turn brown and roll backwards, forming a leaf nest on the tree’s branches and trunk. Since the appearance of the plant matches the bird’s nest, hence called the bird’s nest fern

Plants kept outdoors have leaflets that grow up to 5ft. tall and 8 inches wide, and the indoor leaflet has a height of around 2 feet. 

Nurse the plant

The plant needs little care and can survive in small pots, obtaining its supplements from the air.

Organic soil is best for them. 

If kept indoors, then a north-facing window or protective cover is best for the plant. If kept outdoors under direct sunlight, adversely affects the plant, the leaves will turn yellow or its growth might be hampered too. 60-70° F is the ideal temperature for these plants. 

Since the plant is an epiphyte, the requirements of the plant include high humidity and moist soil. Use a humidifier for an ideal humidity level. Avoid keeping the plant in the dry region as it might be fatal for this magical plant. Make sure not to water in the centre directly. 

To improve the growth of the plant use the diluted liquid fertiliser every month during the growing season. 

Precaution: 

  • Do not apply the fertiliser on the leaves directly, as it will burn the foliage. Pour the fertiliser into the soil directly and in a limited quantity as too much will turn the foliage yellow. 
  • Do not touch the fresh and flimsy fronds of the plant as these are fragile and can easily be broken. 

However, the bird’s nest fern is traditionally a healthy plant, if kept in an unsuitable environment, then the chances are high that it might be affected badly.

Final thoughts

Bird’s nest fern makes an ideal plant to be kept indoors. Its spherical shape mesmerises the onlookers. The plant adds natural beauty to your space. Gifting such an enchanting plant is always remembered by the receiver.

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