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Growing Non-Toxic Hurricane Ferns: Tips for Propagation, Pruning, and Care

Do you want to bring a unique foliage plant into your home or garden? Look no further than the Bird’s Nest Fern Asplenium Antiquum ‘Hurricane’! This rare fern is easy to propagate and doesn’t require a lot of light, so it’s perfect for any home. Plus, it’s non-toxic to pets, so you can be sure your furry friends will be safe. Read on to learn more about the Bird’s Nest Fern Asplenium Antiquum ‘Hurricane’!

Growing the Rare and Eye-Catching Bird’s-Nest Fern Asplenium Antiquum ‘Hurricane’

The Bird’s-Nest Fern Asplenium Antiquum ‘Hurricane’ is a rare and eye-catching variety of the bird’s nest fern. This particular species is characterized by its glossy, bright green leaves that always turn to the right. It is an interesting sight to behold and one that many gardeners are eager to add to their collection.

Unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult ferns to grow. Boston Ferns and other Fern species require a humid environment with moderate to low light conditions, which can be hard to replicate in dry, heated homes.

However, Sphaeropteris excelsa, synonym Cyathea brownii, is the tallest tree fern in the world and is often referred to as the Norfolk Tree Fern or Smooth Tree Fern. This species of fern originates from Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean near Australia and New Zealand and was named after botanist Robert Brown (1773-1858).

When it comes to the growth rate of ferns, the answer depends on the species. Fiddleheads (each newly emerging frond) can unfold and expand within a few days of emerging. When it comes to reaching its full height and spread, it typically takes five to ten years for a fern to reach full maturity after planting.

How tall does a Heart Leaf Fern get? The Heart Leaf Fern, also known as Asplenium Antiquum ‘Hurricane’, is a small fern that typically only grows to a height of 6 to 8 inches (15-20 cm.) with 2 to 3 inches (5-8 cm.) of dark green, heart-shaped fronds on its black stem. It has dimorphic leaves which means that some are sterile and some are fertile.

Caring for a Hurricane Fern

When it comes to light levels, Hurricane Ferns prefer medium to bright light. A spot that is brighter will help the fern grow and look its best, although it is able to tolerate low light as well. It can survive in both natural and artificial lighting conditions, so you can display it proudly in an east-facing or west-facing window or under a plant lamp.

If you notice the lower leaves of your fern turning brown, don’t worry. This is a natural process as new growth comes in and older leaves die off. You can remove any brown ones at the base to keep your fern looking its best.

For the best results, make sure your fern is getting the right amount of shade. Too much sun can lead to sunscald on the tops of the leaves, while too little can result in stiffly upright and light green growth. Depending on your location, we recommend 65% to 75% shade for dark green foliage. Less may be needed in winter when days are shorter.

Ferns are light feeders, so they won’t require as much fertilizer as other foliage plants. A balanced fertilizer such as 20-10-20 or 20-20-20 with micronutrients applied at 200 nitrogen ppm should be sufficient. If the plant becomes dry, too much nitrogen can cause the roots and leaves to burn.

Despite losing all their fronds to sun damage, wilting, or browning, ferns can be revived if the roots and rhizome are checked carefully and replanted with minimal stress.

Are Ferns Toxic to Pets?

Ferns can make a great addition to any home, but there are some safety concerns to consider. Can ferns make you sick? If you have kids or pets, people usually plant ferns around the house because they aren’t toxic. However, people with plant allergies may have a bad reaction to ferns and their spores can worsen allergies. In some cases, a rash that looks like poison ivy can be caused by contact with certain types of ferns. It is important to be aware of these risks before adding any type of plant into your home or garden.

When it comes to Boston ferns, however, they are safe for both pets and humans. Boston ferns are non-toxic to dogs and make wonderful houseplants. These graceful, easy-care ferns look great as hanging plants or the perfect accent to the top of a bookshelf.

The bracken fern is an exception to this rule. Widely distributed throughout North America, most poisonings occur in the North Western part of the country. Animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and humans are all susceptible to bracken fern poisoning. It is important to note that while Boston ferns are safe for pets and humans alike, the bracken fern should be avoided at all costs.

However, there are other ferns that can be toxic to pets. These include the Emerald Fern (aka Emerald Feather or Asparagus Fern) and poison hemlock, Winter Fern, Nebraska Fern, or California Fern. Although these plants can be attractive additions to your home or garden, they should not be kept in areas where pets may come into contact with them.

The toxic agent found in these plants is a steroid called sapogenin, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain in both cats and dogs.

Even more dangerous is Atropa belladonna, also known as Deadly Nightshade. A toxic plant belonging to the same family as tomatoes, potatoes, and aubergines, this plant can be found throughout Europe, including Britain, as well as in North Africa, Western Asia and some parts of the United States and Canada. All parts of this plant are highly poisonous if ingested by humans or animals.

Are Hurricane Ferns Safe for Cats?

Are Hurricane Ferns Safe for Cats? The Hurricane Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Cut-leaf, or Swiss Cheese Plant is one of the most popular household plants due to its tropical appearance. Unfortunately, this particular species is moderately toxic to cats because of the insoluble calcium oxalates that reside on its leaves and stems. Although not as poisonous as other fern varieties such as Deadly Nightshade or Poison Hemlock, it still poses a risk if ingested by cats and could cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. It is important to note that while Boston Ferns are safe for pets and humans alike, pet owners should always err on the side of caution when selecting plants for their homes. If you want something exotic in your home without risking your cat’s safety then consider adding some artificial plants instead – they look just as beautiful but don’t pose any health risks!

Alternatively, there are some fern species that are safe for cats such as the Bird’s-nest Fern, Staghorn Fern and the Boston Fern. These plants are easy to keep out of your pet’s reach because they look great hanging from baskets or shelves.

However, if you are looking for a more exotic addition to your home then it is important to be aware that some plants can be highly toxic to cats. Among the most poisonous plants for cats are Asiatic lilies, Easter lilies, Japanese show lilies, rubrum lilies, stargazer lilies, red lilies, tiger lilies, Western lilies, woodlilies and daylillies. If ingested by cats these flowers can cause severe kidney damage or even death in some cases.

Understanding the Difference Between Hurricanes and Typhoons

On the other hand, when it comes to the difference between a hurricane and a typhoon, there are some key distinctions. As long as it is above the North Atlantic, Central North Pacific or Eastern North Pacific oceans (Florida, Caribbean Islands, Texas and Hawaii), we refer to it as a hurricane. However if it hovers over the Northwest Pacific Ocean (usually East Asia) then we call this weather phenomenon a typhoon. It is important to note that both hurricanes and typhoons can be very destructive in terms of wind speed and torrential rain. Both storms have been known to cause severe flooding which can lead to loss of life and property damage in affected areas.

Best Light for Bird’s Nest Ferns and Low-Light Ferns

When it comes to the best light for a Bird’s Nest Fern, indirect or filtered light is ideal. An east-facing or north-facing window is preferred. In order to keep the potting mix evenly moist and not soggy, it is important to water the plant as necessary. Moderate humidity also helps these plants grow indoors successfully.

Direct sunlight should be avoided at all costs, as the fronds will become burned and dry.

For those looking for a fern that can thrive in low light conditions, the silver lace fern is an excellent choice. This fern has variegated leaves with white and silver markings, giving it a unique look. It also does well in terrariums and other enclosed spaces.

Another great choice for low-light is the Boston Fern, which has long and graceful fronds. The Maidenhair fern is also an attractive option, with its delicate foliage that hangs gracefully from a pot. Regardless of the type of fern chosen, they all do well in indirect light and away from sources of cold drafts and heat. Hanging them in baskets or placing them on top of tables allows their leaves to cascade down elegantly.

Propagating a Hurricane Plant

Propagating a Hurricane Plant In order to propagate your hurricane plant, you can prune and propagate by removing dead leaves. You also have the option of propagating your cuttings. Simply place them in a container of water with a little Propagation Promoter and wait for roots to form. When the roots are an inch or two long, you can then plant the cutting in soil. Be sure that when planting your cutting that it is placed in moist soil with good drainage. The potting mix should be well-aerated and light so as not to compact down into a dense lump around the roots of the ferns, which can lead to root rot and eventual death of the plant if left untreated. Watering should be done sparingly but regularly once established.

asplenium nidus, a common epiphytic fern, is best propagated through spores. The plant has a short, erect rhizome and a rosette of simple fronds. To increase the number of plants you can divide the rhizome into two, four or eight segments and pot them individually. This will give you multiple plantlets that can be grown on in their own containers.

You can also propagate the Bird’s Nest Fern through its spores. To do this, remove a mature frond and place it in a paper bag to collect Bird’s Nest Fern spores.

Once the spores are collected, they can be sown in a seed tray and kept moist until germination occurs.

The seedlings can then be transplanted into individual pots and grown on in a warm, humid environment.


Ferns are a wonderful addition to any garden or houseplant collection. One needs to understand the normal growth cycle of ferns and the specific needs of the species they are growing. Boston fern, Silver Lace fern, and Maidenhair fern are popular choices for a houseplant collection, but it is important to understand that some ferns are toxic to dogs and cats and should be kept away from pets. The Hurricane Plant, Mexican Breadfruit, Cut-leaf, or Swiss Cheese Plant is one of the most popular household plants but is toxic to cats. The Bird’s Nest Fern Asplenium Antiquum ‘Hurricane’ is a rare bird’s nest fern with glossy, bright green leaves that always turn to the right. With the right care, these ferns can thrive in your home and make a wonderful addition to your garden or houseplant collection.