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Asplenium cristata


Scientific Name: Asplenium cristata
Family: Aspleniaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia, Polynesian Islands, Hawaii, Eastern Australia
Life Cycle: Perennial Fern
Difficulty: Easy
Approx. height: 30cm
Pot Size: 200mm

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Commonly known as Birds-nest Fern, a name it shares with other Asplenium species, this epiphyte attaches itself to trees in the wild. Despite this, it is a viable indoor plant and will get its nutrients from the soil. As it is temperature-sensitive, it is more suited to an indoor life than outdoor, as this tropical plant will not enjoy those Melbourne Winter nights. Some peat or sphagnum moss is a good addition to the soil, and will help prevent root rot and over-watering. This plant is happy in a shady spot, but with some access to light as well. The cristata differs from the nidus in that the ends of the leaves curl and have very unique shapes.