Fern, 6in, Bird's Nest Osaka
Fern, 6in, Bird's Nest Osaka
Fern, 6in, Bird's Nest Osaka
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Fern, 6in, Bird's Nest Osaka

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Osaka Ferns are commonly known as Bird's Nest Ferns because of their growth habits, resembling the shape of a nest.  Their leaves grow in a rosette formation from the base of the plant, with the new growth coming from the centre.  The leaves are bright lime green and very glossy.  They also have interesting rippled edges that become more prominent as the plant matures.  Bird's nest ferns are very low maintenance compared to most other fern varieties.

Attributes

Type: Tropical  
Height: 12in - 24in
Spread: 12in - 18in
Zone: 9
Pet Safe: Safe for pets

Care

General Maintenance: Repot when your plant becomes rootbound, to a pot 2-3 inches larger.  Do not allow to dry out, or the leaves will get crispy.  Propagate by division. 

Temperature: Thrives in normal household temperatures, between 15º-26º Celsius.   Keep away from drafts and drastic temperature changes.  Ferns love high humidity, so they will greatly appreciate a pebble tray, humidifier, or being misted.

Light: Bright indirect light is ideal.  Direct sun may scorch the leaves.  They can tolerate slightly lower light conditions, but will grow at a slower rate.

Watering: Keep soil evenly moist, but not soaked.  Water when the top 1-2 inches of the soil are dry to the touch.  Ensure your pot has adequate drainage to avoid the roots sitting in excess water.

Soil: Any well-draining potting mix will work.

Fertilizer: Feed with a balanced liquid fertilizer, diluted to half the recommended strength, once every 3 weeks during the growing season.