Ruffled Fern with Bright Green Fronds
|Botanical Name:||Asplenium Leslie|
|Common Name:||Crested Birds Nest Fern|
|Light:||Bright indirect light. Avoid sunlight and shade.|
|Watering:||Water when compost feels dry. Drain excess water|
|Feeding:||Rarely - once or twice in the growing season|
|Humidity:||Misting regularly recommended|
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Asplenium Leslie is a gorgeously ruffled indoor fern with bright green fronds that are ruffled into a bird’s nest at the tip. This is a conspicuous favourite for steamy bathrooms and kitchens.
Crested Birds Nest Fern is native to East Asian forests. It grows in dappled light and high humidity on the forest floor or as an epiphyte on tree trunks. This is a fern that really invites a second look. Its leaves are smooth as they emerge upright from the centre rosette, but fan out into a frill around the edges trapping moisture so it runs back into the roots. It’s architectural and bold enough for modern urban décor. No flowers or seeds appear on Birds Nest Ferns because they spread via spores. It’s a really unusual hit of mid-green with striking textured form.
How To Water And Feed Asplenium Leslie
As ferns go Asplenium Leslie is one of the tougher specimens, but it still needs regular water and misting. When the compost starts to feel dry on top, soak it in the sink for a few hours and let it run dry.
Don’t water it from the top because water gets trapped in the crown, and don’t leave it in a saucer of water or the roots will go soggy.
Regular misting is beneficial because it heightens humidity and removes dust. You could pop it outside in a rainstorm or in a cool shower once a week if misting isn’t an option.
The minimum amount of houseplant fertiliser just once or twice in the summer growing season is needed. Much more and the leaves will yellow.
How Much Light Does Asplenium Leslie Need?
Crested Birds Nest Fern needs bright indirect light. In full shade it will drop its leaves, and direct sun will scorch the foliage. It might sound like hard work, but once you’ve found a good position this is an easy-care fern.
Where To Put Asplenium Leslie
The best spot is a steamy kitchen or bathroom, but failing this it will enjoy misting in most bright rooms of the house.
Be sure to avoid radiators that will dry out the fronds and cold drafts that will shock this warmth lover into dropping its leaves.
Overall, the crested bird’s nest fern is a hardy fern that packs a punch of bright green with touchable textures. It’s a solid-looking houseplant that looks good at the centre of a collection or stand-alone in a dark contrasting plant pot.