What Are Bird's Nest Ferns?

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Reggie Whitehead

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Hello! My name is Reggie Whitehead. Today I am going to be speaking with you about growing tropical ferns courtesy of the Tropical Fern Exotic Plant Society and on behalf of expertvillage.com. I have so many special ferns in my collection and one of the things I am proudest of is my collection of bird's nest ferns. Bird nests ferns are epathites is that live on trees. The fern that is on the tree actually grew from a tiny spore, something that landed and started growing on my patio. It got too big for my patio so I had to bring it outside and attach to a tree. This is another plant that you can buy at a Home Depot or one of your local garden shops. They typically are potted in soil. Birds nest ferns are so named because they actually host birds or other living animals in the wilds of Southeast Asia or wherever they are found. This is a swineanmitis but it came in from probably a spore from one of my other bird's nest in my collection. This bird nest here even though you see it here on the ground is actually in a bed of cypress mulch and it still has a chance to grow. This is another birds nest that we got here that you can actually see. This is Reggie Whitehead with the Tropical Fern Exotic Plant Society based in South Florida on behalf of expertvillage.com, thank you very much.