Asplenium antiquum

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Asplenium antiquum - This shade-loving fern is sure to make a statement in your tropical garden or as part of your indoor plant gang - also known as the Japanese Birds Nest Fern.

This is a unique looking plant with lime green leathery fronds that grow from the plant’s centre in straight stems and develop crested feathery tips to give the effect of a bird’s nest.

It’s a really unusual fern for texture and looks great mixed with other dainty ferns in a pot, hanging basket or shady border. 

Many Asplenium species are frost tender, so keep in a cool shaded position with ample moisture and humidity. She needs free-draining organically-rich soil or potting mix, and plenty of water.

Note: Do not touch, move, or handle the new delicate fronds as they emerge from the nest. They are extremely fragile. If you touch them, there is a high chance of them becoming damaged or deformed.

Quick Facts: 

  • What to use me for: I look great in a pot on the coffee table, in a balcony hanging basket, or under a tree in a shady garden.
  • I grow to: I’ll reach 50-100cm high and 1m wide 
  • Where to place me: Full shade or dappled shade please I’m practically a vampire that burns in the sunlight. Don't expose me to direct sun other than the very early morning sun.
  • How far to space me: I’m wider than I am tall, so give me 1 metre outside. A pot will constrain my size if you’re looking for indoor friends.
  • Watering: Keep my compost moist, but don't let me become soggy. Avoid watering right into the "nest" as that encourages mould and rot. Water my soil rather than the plant.
  • Soil Conditions: I thrive in rich soil loaded with plant food like organic matter. In a pot I need free-draining potting mix please. During the growing season (April through September), fertilize me about once a month with weak liquid fertilizer. 

Our plants are beautifully grown, mature tube stock with well-developed roots. They are guaranteed sun-hardened, can be planted directly into the ground and are excellent performers for your garden.

We carefully package your plants into a customised box to ensure safe transport, healthy plants and delivery to your door.


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