Throw on your fave shades, tie up a top-knot, and slip on your sandals ‘cause this sunny duo is going to give you the (almost) summer feels! This adorbs bird’s nest fern (which totally reminds us of California palm trees) and pack of flamingo gummies from Sugarfina will transport you poolside ASAP - no SPF required!
Mind the lifeguard’s whistle - there are a few pool rules when it comes to caring for your fern!
Bird’s nest ferns get their names from the appearance of the center of the fern’s nest-like appearance. They are also known for their crinkly leaves (fronds).
These ferns are native to the tropics - giving them a warm, moist environment with medium to low indirect light is best. Fun Fact: a bird’s nest fern that gets more light will have more crinkly leaves while one that gets less light will have flatter leaves (mind blown, right?!). You’ll know if it’s getting too much light or direct light if the leaves begin to yellow.
Your bird’s nest fern will be happiest with consistently moist (but not wet) soil! A good test is to stick your finger one inch or so into the soil - if it feels slightly damp your fern is well hydrated! If it’s drier than that it’s time to water again. Take care to water the perimeter around the plant (and not the plant itself) when watering as pooling can happen in the center and eventually lead to rot.
One More Fun Fact: bird’s nest ferns are epiphytic. That’s a fancy way of saying they usually grow on or in other things (like trees in the rainforest), like their friends the staghorn fern.