The Birds Nest Fern (Asplenium australasicum) is a stunning feature plant that is regularly seen in the shaded Australian garden. The common name derives from its large, nest-shaped rosette of light-green, slightly leathery radiating fronds and its ability to grow on trees due to is shallow root system.


How to grow birds nest ferns in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets part shade to filtered sun and is protected from the afternoon sun. Prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Mulch around the base with organic mulch or leaf mulch, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  5. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions, until established. 
  6. Feed occasionally and lightly with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser by placing it directly into the centre of the fern.
 
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How to grow birds nest ferns in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least twice the size of the selected plant. Position in the garden that receives part shade to filtered sun and is protected from the afternoon sun.
  2. Fill the pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  5. Mulch around the base with organic mulch or leaf mulch, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions, until established. 
  7. Feed occasionally and lightly with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser by placing it directly into the centre of the fern.
 

Growing tips

  • Prune back any damaged or dead fronds from the base of the plant to maintain its upright appearance.
  • Can be propagated by cutting through the centre of the crown with a saw. This is best done in Autumn when the weather is cooler.
 

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