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Conservatory GreenhouseFerns

Asplenium nidus
  • RHS AGM

bird's nest fern

An evergreen fern forming a striking rosette of strap-shaped, undivided, bright green, fronds to 1.2m in length

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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

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
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
Old World Tropics

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow outdoors in moist but well-drained soil with added grit in frost-free areas. Under glass in a mix of equal parts loam, course leaf mould or peat substitute, and charcoal. Provide bright filtered light

Propagation

Propagate by spores

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Sub-tropical
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get scale insects and leaf and bud eelworms

Diseases

May be infected by a rust in mild, damp winters

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