How to Grow Bird's Nest Fern

by Jacqui Zuzgo 03/19/2023

The bird's nest fern gets its name from its growth pattern. The long fronds emerge from a central rosette resembling a nest. In the wild, their fronds can reach up to five feet long, but remain at a more manageable size when grown as houseplants. They are considered one of the easiest ferns to care for and are popular for being non-toxic to humans and animals. If you're interested in a pet-safe fern for your home, here are some basic care tips to know:


Bird's nest ferns grow on the trunks of trees in the wild, and enjoy the same type of lighting conditions indoors. Place your bird's nest fern somewhere with dappled light or medium amounts of shade, taking care to avoid any spots where they could get dried out by direct rays of sun. Bird's nest ferns do well in East or North-facing windows and bathrooms as long as there is some natural light.


Water your bird's nest fern when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. The goal is to keep most of the soil moist without letting the roots stay wet. It's important to water this plant carefully, as well. Water directly into the soil at the base of the plant rather than over the top. Doing so prevents water from accumulating in the "nest" at the center of the plant and encouraging mold growth.

Temperature & Humidity

Bird's nest ferns thrive in warm environments. The ideal temperature range for a bird's nest fern is between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. While it can survive as low as 50 degrees, much lower temperatures will cause the leaves to brown and wither. Avoid dramatic temperature fluctuations and protect your fern from any heat or air conditioning vents.

Ferns love humidity, and the bird's nest fern is no exception. Moist environments like bathrooms and kitchens work well for bird's nest ferns, but anywhere in the home will be sufficient with the addition of a humidifier. Regular misting with a spray bottle, pebble trays and terrariums are other ways to keep your fern happy and humid.

About the Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.


  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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