Asplenium antiquum, also known as tani-watari, is a fern native to Asia. It is an epiphytic plant that lives in humid forests. Its leaf-rosette is a crucial part of its survival in the wild. Although the rosette may seem small, the stipules are a veritable roost for a myriad of insects. The fern is also known for its cleverly disguised flora.
Asplenium antiquum is an excellent choice for a mounted plant, and the glossy green leaves give it a dynamic appearance. Moreover, it can be grown indoors without too much trouble. A great thing about it is that it is hardy enough to survive even in the hottest of conditions. To get it to perform optimally, it’s a good idea to plant it in a well-drained, loose organic soil and keep it dry in the summer and moist in the winter. In terms of lighting, it’s best to have it exposed to direct sunlight during the day, and indirect light during the night. It’s also a good idea to spray it with lime-free water almost daily to prevent fungi. As a bonus, it is also a fun and entertaining fern to watch grow.
Unlike the other bird’s nest ferns, Asplenium antiquum can actually be propagated by spores on the underside of its leaves. It also gets its name from the fact that it has a tiny moss-covered hole at the center of its frond. This is a particularly useful feature when the fern is growing in a shady spot, as the detritus will break down to make a decent fertilizer. It’s easy to see why it is considered the quintessential bird’s nest fern, and it’s not all that difficult to figure out why. Whether you choose to display it in a garden, on a balcony or in a pot, it’s sure to be an elegant addition to your home. You can find it for sale at many garden centers and nurseries, and it’s easy to care for. It’s a good fern, but it’s not the most attractive option. So, if you’re looking for an interesting houseplant that’s a blast to watch, look no further than Asplenium antiquum.