For all the indoor gardening novices who need help keeping their leafy friends alive, we asked Carmen Devito of Groundworks Inc. and west elm Market’s Brooklyn Blend Potting Soil to create care sheets for 8 of her favorite houseplants. Use them to greenify your home this spring!

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Name: Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium Nidus)
Light: Partly Shade-Filtered Light
Water: Medium to High
Care: Moderate
Special Need: High Humidity

I grow most plants indoors for the foliage, so if I’m going to go trouble with a fussy species, it has to be worth it! The Bird’s Next Fern repays my kindness in spades with a gently curling nest of apple-green leaves that grow out from its center.

Native to tropical Asia, this fern’s natural environment is epiphytic, growing on the trunk of trees where its leaves funnel water and nutrients to its roots. A great way to keep ferns happy is to place them on a tray of wet pebbles and group a bunch of these and other moisture lovers together to help increase the humidity.

A Note On Pets: Always check with your vet before bringing a new plant into your home.

Get a new houseplant guide from Carmen every week on the Front&Main blog! See them all here.


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