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No idea what this is

Posted by aska2138 (My Page) on
Thu, May 8, 14 at 21:04

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


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


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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!


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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. :)


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Mines is outside and gets lots of rain in the center


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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.


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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.


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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!


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


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triple post!

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


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Little glitchy, isnt it?

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


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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".


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


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OK then sorry, never mind.


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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.


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


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