Top Questions About Bird’s Nest Ferns

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Questions About Bird’s Nest Ferns

Asked by
California1971 on
February 18, 2012

Q. White spots on Birds Nest Fern

I have 2 bird nest ferns that have white spots down towards the center of the plant. What are these and how do I get rid of them?

Answered by
Heather on
February 27, 2012
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That sounds like it may be mealybugs or scale. They tend to move slowly, so they can look like spots on the plant. Try treating the plant with a a pesticide. I personally prefer neem oil, as it is effective and safe for people and pets.

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Asked by
julieann on
April 1, 2012

Q. how do I keep cats out of the crown of my birds nest fern?

They are breaking the adult fronds and I think laying in the crown! They are about 5-yr old plants. I think the main culprits are 12-week old kittens. Please help!!

Answered by
Nikki on
April 2, 2012
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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 25, 2014

Q. Bird’s Nest Fern

What kind of fertilizer do you use on a bird’s nest fern in the ground?

Answered by
Nikki on
February 25, 2014
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Fertilizer should only be given to the plant 2-3 times a year (1-2 in ground). Even then, the fertilizer (a liquid organic type or balanced slow release) should only be applied at half strength and should only be given during the spring and summer months.

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Asked by
gumbalina on
July 17, 2015

Q. should I trim my bird’s nest fern leaves

My fern has brown edges and ends. Should I cut them off? It is outside. I have brought it inside now. Please tell me how to save my plant. I do not have a green thumb.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 18, 2015
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If the lower older leaves are looking scraggly you can prune them away, it's normal for them to age.
If the rest of the plant is suffering from brown edges you may want to read the links below to determine a cause or correct it's growing conditions.
I would wait to trim the remaining leaves until the plant has time to recover.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/birds-nest-fern/birds-nest-fern-care.htm
http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/foliage/folnotes/birdnest.htm

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Asked by
debw on
August 25, 2015

Q. bird’s nest fern broke off in the wind

My bird’s nest fern (sitting on the front veranda) snapped off in the wind we had last night. I’m wondering if the base of the plant will regrow, as it has 1 layer of leaves, and also if I put the top of the plant (the part that broke off) into another pot will that regrow? I have put it in one today, covering the lowest layer of leaves with potting mix. Please help me out, as it was a gift and that person is no longer with us.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 26, 2015
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I'm sorry your Birds Nest Fern was damaged. Sadly the top that was broken off will not root unless it would have a part of the center crown, or heart attached.
The base of the plant should be able to recover with leaves still intact.
If there are open wounds, treat with a fungicide.

Here is a link to refresh you on care.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/birds-nest-fern/birds-nest-fern-care.htm

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Asked by
tony8565 on
October 3, 2015

Q. Birds nest fern damaged leaves

Please, can you help with my birds nest fern? All new leaves that come out are badly damaged. I can’t seem to see what is eating them but they look as though they are being eaten before they even unfurl. Overall, the plant is looking unhealthy. It is in an outdoor shower with good light but shady and waterered via misters daily. Temperatures here are very hot.

many thanks

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
October 5, 2015
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Though it does appear something has been eating the leaves, it may also be watering issues.

Bird's Nest Ferns will actually do better with a bit more dry soil. Make sure the water is not hitting the center of the fern directly.

Treat the plant with Neem Oil, this should take care of the insects and is safe for people and pets.

Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/birds-nest-fern/birds-nest-fern-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Answered by
tony8565@gmail.com on
October 6, 2015
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Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question. Currently these ferns are being watered with misters, so the center is getting wet with spray as they would with rain, is this a problem and should I move them?

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Asked by
Killyptusnorth on
January 2, 2016

Q. Bird’s nest fern under palm

We had a very healthy bird’s nest shaded under a tree. We had to remove the tree and the fern has browned off completely. Will it come back? Should we remove all burnt leaves?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
January 4, 2016
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Since the Bird's Nest Fern is a lowlight fern, it may well have suffered great stress from the light change.
I would trim away any dead leaves, shelter the fern from the bright light and wait and see.

Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/birds-nest-fern/birds-nest-fern-care.htm

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