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Asplenium "Birds Nest Fern" on Lava Rock

Asplenium (on Lava rock)



Our Bird's Nest Fern on Lava Rock, also known as Asplenium, is a unique houseplant that grows directly out of the lava rock instead of a traditional pot. Asplenium leaves have a thick, succulent midrib (often thought of as a stem) with lots of smaller, hard, glossy leaflets growing from them arranged in pairs.  Underground this plant has a swollen potato-like structure that can store water for up to six months to help it survive periods of drought.

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Non-toxic (some species of Asplenium are actually used for medicinal purposes).



Country of Origin

Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tropical parts of Australia.

Habitat Conditions

Asplenium nidus is an epiphyte (and sometimes a lithophyte), this means that it lives on the branches of trees or in rock crevices (and can be displayed attached to a piece of lava rock).  Its natural habitat is in the forests of the wet tropics, so water is plentiful.  However, being an epiphyte, the plant does not "root" into soil (ferns don't have roots, as such, but have structures called rhizoids that help anchor them and absorb some moisture).

Plant Care


Medium-low - medium. Avoid direct sunlight.


The growing medium should be kept moist at all times, especially during growth and while the plant is becoming established.  Under-watering may lead to brown, crisp leaf edges.


Ferns cannot be pruned.  Dead fronds can be removed with a sharp knife close to the base of the plant.


Occasional addition of dilute fertilizer to the water when you water the plant - not every time.

Pest & Diseases

Scale insects are occasional pests - if seen, scrape them off with a fingernail or wooden lolly stick.  Don't confuse the rust-coloured spore cases on the undersides of the fronds as pests.

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