Asplenium nidus ‘Victoria’

bird’s nest fern
Birds nest fern with tapered and undulating apple green leaves. Epiphytic fern appreciates good drainage and does well mounted or in pots.
height 2–4ft
width 2–4ft
tolerates Pots
Moderate – High
This plant appreciates more water from spring through summer and less during fall and winter.

This plant wants water when the top of the soil is dry, but you can still feel moisture just below the surface. This plant will often fall into a once-a-week watering cycle, but remember that your watering should be based on the moisture left in the soil, which will depend partly on the moisture in the room and the weather outside. The soil ‘surface’‘ goes a bit deeper for larger pots; for example, a plant in a 14-inch diameter pot should dry out a couple of inches deep before you water it, while a plant in a 4-inch pot will only want to dry out in the top ½ inch or so of soil.
exposure Part Sun – Part Shade
drainage In Ground: Cactus Mix, In Pots: Potting Soil
fertilizing All Purpose
origin Tropics
23, 24, H2

Sunset Zones Map

Outdoor Exposure Guide


Full Sun
Six or more hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Shade
Three to five hours of sun beams directly landing on the plant's leaves.

Part Sun
One to two hours of sun beams directly landing on the plants leaves.

Full Shade
The plant is never fully lit by sun beams, but is in a bright spot or has dappled sunbeams playing over the leaves throughout the day.

Deep Shade
The plant never has dappled light on the leaves, and is in a place that feels dim, even on a nice sunny day.


Growing Notes

As this plant grows the older leaves will eventually turn brown and shrivel up. You can remove them with pruners once they start to get browning on them, wait until they are totally dried and pull them off with a tug, or leave them as they would exist in nature. Removing the leaves will expose a short stubby trunk over time.
If grown outdoors keep an eye out for snails and slugs.
If grounded in the garden this plant will need well drained soil, so amend with cactus mix unless your soil is exceptionally sandy or gritty.

More Info

This plant has been grown as a houseplant, but it also excels outdoors in mild climates. See Sunset zones if you are interested in growing this plant outside. Also note that anytime a houseplant is moved outside, some transitional stresses should be expected, including burning (when a plant that can and in fact would often prefer to grow in direct sunlight has not been cultivated in direct sun) and also drooping or leaf drop (usually associated with a shift in temperature). Planting outdoors during mild weather will help negate these effects, and if the plant is properly cared for, it should rebound with new acclimated growth.