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Questions About Bird's Nest Ferns

  • Answered by
    BushDoctor on
    November 10, 2020
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    The double leaf can be normal, but it can show up during stress, as well.

    I see signs of, either, nutrient burn or overwatering in one of the newer leaves, though.

    For the healthiest plant possible, follow these care instructions:

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

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  • Answered by
    BushDoctor on
    November 30, 2020
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    It could be either! They grow, similarly, to orchids. Too moist of a soil, and too much nutrients will be two of the most common causes of the plants' death.

    This article will help you to care for the plant, properly:

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

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  • Answered by
    BushDoctor on
    April 5, 2021
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    If this isn't fed throughout the year, then this is likely the issue. I recommend feeding with a half strength liquid orchid feed two or three times per year. Feeding at full strength is not ideal, so be sure to cut the recipe from the instructions in half when mixing into you water.

    Here is an article that will offer more information on the care of this plant:

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

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  • Answered by
    GKH_Susan on
    June 18, 2021
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    The repotting could be the issue if the container was more than one size up. The extra soil actually can cause root rot, a complication of overwatering.

    When leaves start to yellow and limp, I immediately think of too much water. You don't mention fertilizer, it may need a fertilizer pick-me-up.

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

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  • Answered by
    BushDoctor on
    November 2, 2021
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    I would not. I would opt to keep them separate. The growing conditions can overlap, but they are not similar enough to keep them both happy. The Bird's Nest Fern will appreciate a drier, less humid environment than an orchid will. Planting them together, you would need to sacrifice the health of your fern to ensure that the orchid does not dry out.

    Here is an article that will help you with the care of the fern:

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

    This article will help you with orchid care:

    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/indoor-orchid-care.htm

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  • Answered by
    GKH_Susan on
    January 12, 2022
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    Clip off the damaged leaves at the base to prevent further spread. You can try a bacteriacide but there is doubt whether it will work. If the damage continues to spread you may need to destroy the plant to prevent infecting other plants if you have them.

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  • Answered by
    GKH_Susan on
    April 25, 2022
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    I'm a little concerned that planter might be too big to move it into just yet. Does the plant seem rootbound in the 6 inch pot or is it a nursery pot that you'd like in a nicer container? The rule of thumb is only go up one or two sizes when repotting because if there is a lot of excess soil in the container you can end up overwatering and killing the plant.

    These are epiphytic plants which mean they usually grow on a host such as a tree or structure. So they need a very well draining soil mix such as peat moss, coarse sand, and perlite.

    Here is more information and care of the plant:

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

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