How to Care for a Bird’s Nest Fern

Birds Nest Fern Care

The Bird’s Nest Fern is a popular, hardy fern with a crown of upright fronds that grow in a rosette formation, creating a funnel shape that resembles a birds nest. As with most ferns, the Bird’s Nest Fern enjoys warm and humid conditions with part shade.

Here’s how to care for your Bird’s Nest Fern.

Birds Nest Fern Care


Place your Bird’s Nest Fern in a warm, bright area. Do not expose to direct sunlight other than the early morning sun, which can burn the leaves.


The Bird’s Nest Fern prefers its soil evenly moist, not soggy. Water the soil thoroughly and wait for the water to drain through, then empty any excess water sitting in the saucer. Reduce watering frequency in winter, but do not let the soil dry out for too long.

Tip: the top of the soil may look dry but it can be soggy beneath, so before watering your plant, dip your finger into the soil (roughly 3cm) to feel the level of moisture.

Temperature & Humidity

The Bird’s Nest Fern thrives in warm temperatures and high humidity. Mist your plant regularly or place it on a tray with pebbles and water to maintain optimal humidity.

Keep your plant away from drafts of hot and cold air that may harm it.


Wipe leaves with a damp cloth. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves with a clean pair of scissors or secateurs.