crispy wave fern care

Things You Must Prepare for Caring Crispy Wave Fern

Fern is always a good idea for you to add to the houseplant collections. Among other fern varieties, you can choose Crispy Wave Fern. No, the texture is not that crisp, but the shape is unique and will be a center point in your house. Fern is typically a tropical plant that loves humid areas and mostly they are epiphytes. So, you can try to grow them on other big trees where the light is not that direct to this plant.

The shape of Crispy Wave Fern is very interesting to see. It is like ruffle leaves with a regular shape that is very beautiful to see everyday in your living room, kitchen, office room, or even bathroom. The fresh green will give you a fresh ambience too to start the day or release the stress.

If you love this one, check out the things you have to prepare for growing Crispy Wave Fern.

What is Crispy Wave Fern

A cute and astonishing Crispy Wave Fern has another name – Asplenium nidus. This fern variety is native to India, Hawaii, South East Asia, eastern Australia, eastern Africa and many more. Crispy Wave Fern has bright and fresh fern with ruffle shape and ribbon shape. 

crispy wave fern care
Crispy Wave Fern in Pot

Therefore, many people, particularly women, are interested in this fern since it is very beautiful as the home decor – yes it is ideal as an indoor plant. If you plant it inside the pots, make sure the pots have good drainage holes to make sure the water can flow easily after you water it. For a successful growth process, this plant can reach up to 40 inches, while usually it grows for 8 inches.

When you see the shape and pattern of Crispy Wave Fern, you can see that this plant has a bowl shape in the center that looks like a nest. Hence, some people call it Bird’s Nest Fern. It also makes this plant attractive to see from any angle, especially when the silhouette of the sunsets comes to the wall and catches the ruffle fern.

As a tropical plant, this one fits in a terrarium/vivarium, as long as you know how to water the plant inside a terrarium.

How to Care Crispy Wave Fern

Although the fern varieties mostly have the same characteristics, there is nothing wrong with checking the list of what you have to do and prepare for growing this Crispy Wave Fern.

Crispy Wave Fern Leaves
Crispy Wave Fern Leaves

By understanding and knowing all the materials and what Crispy Wave Fern needs. It will give you a deep knowledge on how to take care of Crispy Wave Fern wholeheartedly. Check it out now!

1) light intensity

Although this plant can be found easily in the wild, this plant is used to being protected by the dense canopy. So, indirect sunlight exposure is the ideal light intensity for this fern. If you think you want this houseplant to get direct sunlight, you can do it in the morning a few times, but please avoid Crispy Wave Fern from harsh rays as long as possible. Placing indoors or in the porch where the sunlight is not coming directly will make this plant happy.

2) temperature and humidity requirement

Since it is a tropical plant, you have to make sure the temperature is around 60-72’ F. Also, this fern is like other ferns where the humidity level for this plant to grow is pretty high. Humidity level around 60 – 90% is needed. Therefore you need to add a humidifier if you want to place it indoors. While finding the best place inside your home to grow this fern, you can choose a kitchen or bathroom for a stable and high humidity.

3) watering and drainage

Before you start watering, you have to know that never ever watering this plant in the rosette center since it will cause water to get stuck there. The leaves will rot too if the water cannot go to the soil. Therefore, you can water it through the soil or mist it on the leaves. Make sure there is no water stuck in the center of this plant. You also may use room temperature water to make this plant happy since cold water will cause the plant to shock for a while and cause the leaves to drop.

Tips: The best time to water this fern is in the morning because the water will absorb to the plant and soil without any excess to evaporate compared to while you do it at noon or evening.

4) soil conditions

Most tropical plants need well-draining soil but still moist. Also, since this plant is an epiphyte that can grow on the other plants, Crispy Wave Fern also loves organic soil. So, you better prepare for the moist and well-draining soil, adding organic compost will be an excellent idea for you to have a successful growth process for this fern.

5) fertilizing

Crispy Wave Fern doesn’t need too much fertilizer. It is enough for you to fertilize the plant once a month, especially during the growing season (Spring to Fall). The ideal fertilizer for Crispy Wave Fern is liquid type, such as dyna-gro 9-3-6 fertilizer that you can dilute to half strength. If the Fall is finished, it is better to leave the plant without fertilizer since during winter the plant will go dormant.

6) propagation

As Fern grows by its spores, you can propagate it by collecting the spores. When you think you don’t know how to collect the spores, you can place a matured leaf on a piece of paper and just leave it for a few days. Through this process, the spores can be collected and you can grow them on a peat moss as the first step. In this step, keep the spores in a shaded area and mist them daily.

After they grow more and the size is ready to move it to the pots, you just have a new Crispy Wave Fern for your house. For the beginners and for the garden lovers, it is somehow tricky and difficult since at the step where the spores can be collected, usually most people don’t make it. Therefore, you can ask for professional help to do it for you.

Crispy Wave Fern Care Tips

After preparing all the materials, you better check the tips for placing Crispy Wave Fern indoors or outdoors. The plant can be placed in both areas but still, you have to make sure of the requirements to grow it indoors; in most rooms of your house, and outdoors; in your front yard or backyard where the trees have a dense canopy. We make it brief to ensure you can remember it easily.

1) indoor crispy wave fern care tips

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Indoor Crispy Wave Fern

It is pretty easy to put this plant indoors rather than outdoors since the humidity level and the temperature are more stable. Also, it is free for you to grow Crispy Wave Fern in most rooms in your house.

This tropical plant can be placed indoors by following the tips below:

  • Prepare the pots as the medium to grow this fern.
  • Provide moist and really draining soil before planting it.
  • Add a humidifier to keep the humidity level.
  • Avoid watering it directly to the center of this fern.

2) outdoor crispy wave fern care tips

Outdoor Crispy Wave Fern
Outdoor Crispy Wave Fern

Growing Crispy Wave Fern outdoors will let them get a lot of moisture from the tree. The humidity can be reached through the trees where this fern will grow. But, you cannot just place it right away. Please check the tips below before starting to plant it outdoors.

  • Choose the tree with canopy dense to avoid direct sunlight comes to the plant
  • Although this plant can grow on the surface of other trees, make sure you also water it
  • Fertilizer is needed once a month to help it grow healthy
  • Watch out for the pest since it grows outdoors, the chance of being infected by pests is higher. 

Crispy Wave Fern Common Issues

If you have other fern varieties at home, we guess you already know the common issue, especially pests that often infect your lovely fern. But if this is your first time, let’s see the common issues including the pests that you wish you don’t find in your plant.

crispy wave fern care
Crispy Wave Fern in Pot

1. Crispy Wave Fern Pest Issues

Mealybugs, scale and aphids are the common pests that love to visit fern. Some of them can be found on the bottom side of the leaves and it can cause the leaves to wrinkle. You can spray cold water smoothly in order to get rid of the pests but not cause the leaves to shock.

2. Crispy Wave Fern Overwater Issues

When you think you can water it more for faster growth, then your idea is totally wrong. Too much water will only lead the plant to root rotting and causes other fungal issues. Also, never try to water it to the center of the plant if you don’t want to see the water stuck there.

3. Crispy Wave Fern Humidity Issues 

To remember that this house plant requires very high humidity, dry air will cause bacterial and fungal infection. Don’t forget to mist this plant regularly or invest in a humidifier to ensure the humidity level always reaches to what this plant needs.


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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why do Crispy wave plants turn brown?

It is because the air around the plant is too dry or the humidity level is lower than it should. So, it also causes the soil to dry faster too. There is another case that your Crispy Wave Fern turns brown because you overwater the plant, but it is uncommon. If you find this one in your plant, you have to check the humidity level and touch the soil whether it is too dry or not.

How often should I water my crispy wave fern?

You can water this fern once or twice a week. It is enough for this plant to get hydrated from the water at this frequency. Also, make sure you don’t throw too much water to avoid soggy conditions around the plant especially if it is planted inside the pots.

How do you revive a dying crispy wave plant?

You can revive a dying crispy wave fern with these steps:

  • You can place a humidifier near your crispy wave plant.
  • Keep your eyes when watering, your dying plant might be due to too much watering or lack of watering.
  • Keep the soil always moist, never let the soil dry out too fast or too much.
  • Cut out the brown leaves, so that the new leaves will be born although it takes time.

How big do Crispy wave fern get?

Crispy Wave Fern can grow up to 40 inches. It is pretty big for the houseplant of course. So, you have to prepare the big pot or bigger space if you want to have the biggest fern in your house or your yard. The bigger this fern, you have to water it more than once a week.

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