No idea what this is

aska2138May 8, 2014

Hello please help me identify this house plant. I just bought it at Home Depot and the only thing marked on the plant was that it's a low light plant. Thank you in advance.

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savannaicus

I'm no expert, so please wait for someone else to answer also, but my best guess is a Bird's Nest Fern.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2014 at 9:37PM
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fin2ya(4)

I think it is Bird's-nest fern (Asplenium nidus).

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 4:08AM
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MsGreenFinger GW(8 Ireland)

It is a Bird's nest fern. I wouldn't say it is an only low-light plant, mine is near a south facing window (no direct sun) and loves it. Just make sure you don't overwater it. And never pour water in the 'nest' in the middle!

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 2:49PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

As long as your home is warm (74F+) and there is good air circulation, getting some water in the crown of the plant should present no issues.

Nice looking fern you got there. :)

    Bookmark   May 9, 2014 at 8:11PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Mines is outside and gets lots of rain in the center

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 9:34AM
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ariel7576(7b)

I'm not trying to be difficult, but...
I'm also somewhat skeptical of the keep-the-crown-dry mantra. That would surely be impossible to maintain in situ, and, as tg1888 mentioned, plants outside get wet.
The only way I water mine is by pouring water in the crown in stages until I get a nice flush of water out of the bottom of the pot.
Is it a rot concern?
By the way, OP, yours looks better than mine, which was a clearance rescue from Lowes.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 1:24PM
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MsGreenFinger GW(8 Ireland)

Several websites advise against watering in the middle. I did it myself and I almost killed mine by overwatering/root rot. So it is well enough to water once every 2 weeks.
About ferns kept outside, you would put it in partial shade, probaly under a tree, so it won't get too much rain. Also these are epiphites so they are mostly safe from heavy rain.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 3:40PM
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feathered_horse

Bird's Nest Fern is right! They can be hard to keep indoors though as they need reasonable levels of humidity. 2 of mine died, until I tried one final time by placing the 3rd in the bathroom!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 6:26PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I brought mines over winter and kept it at school and it did great!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 2:29PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

triple post!

This post was edited by teengardener1888 on Mon, May 12, 14 at 10:20

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 2:32PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Little glitchy, isnt it?

This post was edited by teengardener1888 on Mon, May 12, 14 at 10:21

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 7:20PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I can't see the pix TG, not on either of the last 2 posts.

When I click on the tiny pic icon, it just says 'this Webpage has a redirect loop".

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 3:41PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

i didnt mean to put a pic on the last 2, there was a duplicate post mistake...

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 10:52AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

OK then sorry, never mind.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2014 at 6:22PM
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stewartsjon

I don't think that's Asplenium Nidus, I think that's called Asplenium Antiquum.

The pic further down is A. Nidus, for comparison.

They can be treated the same; I don't think you need to worry about watering the crown.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 7:54AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I thought A. nidus had several different cultivars all belonging to nidus. I will say his is a bit different from mine..

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 10:30AM
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