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Asplenium antiquum
  • RHS AGM

An evergreen 'Bird's Nest' fern, forming an attractive rosette of fresh green arching blades with a pointed end and strong midrib.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1A
Botanical details
Family
Aspleniaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Tufted
Genus

Asplenium are evergreen ferns with short, usually erect rhizomes bearing a rosette of slightly leathery fronds which may be simple, pinnate to 3-pinnate

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Taiwan

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How to grow

Cultivation

Prefers indirect sunlight, occasional exposure to natural indirect light or artificial light, or shade. Placed outdoors leaves scorch easily. In nature, epipytic on trees or lithophytic on rocks with limited access to soil. Grow in well-drained equal part loam, leafmould/ peat substitute and perlite. Prefers high humidity. Provide regular watering at the outer soil margins rather than directly onto the plant to keep moist but not wet, and avoid rot

Propagation

Propagate by spores

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Sub-tropical
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to scale, leaf and bud eelworms

Diseases

May be susceptible to rust

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