Asplenium antiquum 'Victoria' prefers well-draining, fertile soil and requires regular watering to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Water the soil of the outer edge of the fern, do not apply water in the center of the fern or the “nest” as this can lead to rot. Temperature, light intensity, soil moisture, and humidity, all contribute to the stress or success of your fern.
This fern thrives in bright, indirect light and can be grown in filtered shade. Protect from drying winds, direct sunlight, and cold temperatures.
Asplenium nidus 'Victoria' is a semi-tender evergreen fern suited for USDA growing zones 10-11 in frost-free climates. Semi-tender ferns grow best where nighttime temperatures are mostly above 50℉, where freezing temperatures are rare. Frost may discolor, damage, or kill the fern depending on the duration of the low temperatures. Semi-tender ferns grow well in coastal California.
Pruning is not necessary, but any dead or damaged fronds can be removed at the base to improve the plant's appearance. Protect from snails and slugs. With the right conditions, Victoria Bird’s Nest Fern is easy to grow and low maintenance in frost-free climates.
For indoor care, keep your fern out of direct sunlight, it prefers medium to bright indirect light. Direct sunlight will burn and discolor the fronds. Consistent moisture is key, do not allow your Victoria Bird’s Nest Fern to dry out and do not overwater. Apply the water directly to the soil, do not water the “nest” in the middle of the fern. Fertilize your house fern once a month during spring and summer. House ferns grow slower inside the house than in the wild. Repot into a slightly larger pot with fresh soil if the fern is looking too large or if your fern appears to be struggling from overwatering.
Asplenium antiquum 'Victoria' is the same plant as A. nidus ‘Victoria’, as it is sometimes incorrectly identified by a few in the trade.
A distinguishable difference between the bird’s nest ferns, Asplenium antiquum ‘Victoria’, Asplenium nidus, and Asplenium australasicum, upon close inspection, is the shape of the midrib as seen from both sides of the frond. Asplenium antiquum’s midrib is rounded, equal height and depth on both sides of the frond. The midribs of the other species are more elongated on one side. Asplenium australasicum has a deeply elongated midrib on the underside of the frond. Asplenium nidus has a taller elongated midrib on the topside of the frond.