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Asplenium (Fern)

Classification: Foliage house plant

House Plant Group: Baby-bearing plant or spear-leaved plant (depending on variety)

Character: Cultivated as house plants

Safe for pets? Yes


  • Asplenium bulbiferum (Mother fern – hen-and-chicken fern)
  • Asplenium nidus (Bird’s nest fern)
  • Asplenium viviparum

Plant Care:

Plant issues:

  • Brown dots or lines regularly arranged on underside of fronds: Spores. Nothing to worry about
  • Brown shells irregularly scattered on fronds: Scale. Wipe off with a damp cloth/cotton bud and spray with pesticide
  • Yellowing fronds, beginning at base of plant. Mature fronds develop brown spots and fall: High temperature or/and incorrect watering
  • Yellowing fronds, brown tips. No new growth: Needs more humidity
  • Pale fronds, scorch marks on surface: Too much sun
  • Pale fronds, weak growth: Need fertilizer
  • Fronds dying back: not enough moisture