Why Is My Crispy Wave Fern Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Asplenium Nidus Plant

The crispy wave fern plant is a gorgeous fern to add to your collection of houseplants. It can turn any space into a tropical dream!

So, if yours is fading in colors, crisping at the edges, or in any other way showing signs of distress, you’re likely in distress yourself. Fortunately, as easy as it is to maintain, the Asplenium nidus is just as easy to bring back from the brink of death. So, let’s do it.

A Crispy Wave Fern Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Crispy Wave Fern Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

It’s large, long, crinkly green leaves wave out from the soil, up and outward in a fanning arc. It often leaves a large circular space in the center of its root system, which has earned it the nickname “bird’s nest.”

You can even reap feng shui benefits from this plant in your home. The crispy wave fern welcomes abundance and prosperity and will even encourage purification when you place it in your nice, humid bathroom.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can breathe easier with this foliage in your home or office. The crispy wave fern is well known for absorbing common household toxins and releasing oxygen at night, so you might even want to keep it on a table by your bed, right next to your head. Talk about a breath of fresh air!

Signs of a Dying Crispy Wave Fern Plant

The most obvious signs of a dying crispy wave fern plant are as follows:

  • Mushy stems
  • Discolored leaves
  • Dropping leaves
  • Scorched leaves
  • Soggy soil

Common Causes of a Dying Crispy Wave Fern Plant

The most common causes of a dying crispy wave fern plant include:

  • Too much direct sunlight
  • Too much water
  • Not enough light
  • Not enough water
  • Not enough humidity

Watering Needs of a Crispy Wave Fern Plant

The crispy wave fern wants to never be dry but also never sit in water, so it’s up to you to find that balance.

To read more about watering your plant, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

Am I Underwatering My Crispy Wave Fern Plant?

You know you’re underwatering your crispy wave fern when the soil starts getting packed tightly or the leaves start dropping.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Crispy Wave Fern Plant

If you do notice your plant is not getting enough water, be sure to water it thoroughly so water runs through the drainage holes. Then, just be sure to check the soil regularly, so it never dries out again.

Am I Overwatering My Crispy Wave Fern Plant?

An overwatered crispy wave fern will let you know it’s in distress with soggy soil and mushy leaves and roots.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Crispy Wave Fern Plant

If you do notice the plant has been overwatered, you can try placing it in a brighter space with fresh air coming in from a window to see if the soil will dry out. After a few days, if that’s not the case, you’ll need to remove the root ball from the soil.

Cut away any mushy stems and lay it out on a screen in the sun to dry. Repot the dry root ball in fresh tropical plant soil and water it thoroughly until the water runs through the drainage holes in the pot. Now, get onto a regular watering schedule to keep that balance.

Soil Needs of a Crispy Wave Fern Plant

The crispy wave fern calls for a tropical plant soil that does not hold water.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Crispy Wave Fern Plant

If you notice that the soil is holding water, you can add bark and perlite to the soil to break it up better.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Crispy Wave Fern Plant

If you still think your soil is holding water, you can add pebbles to the bottom of the pot, under the soil, so it is never sitting in water.

Lighting Needs of a Crispy Wave Fern Plant

Like most ferns, the crispy wave fern wants medium, indirect sunlight for several hours each day.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Crispy Wave Fern Plant

In the tropical forest, it would typically root into the V section where tree branches split and divide. They would be getting plenty of light, but it would be filtered through overhead canopies. Try to mimic this filtered light effect.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Crispy Wave Fern Plant

The crispy wave fern attracts mealy bugs, aphids, and scale, so watch for these, especially if you have soggy soil. If you do see them in your plant, spray the plant liberally with neem oil. You can take a wet cloth and wipe down the leaves. Repeat this process a few times a week until you notice the bugs are finally gone.

Fake Crispy Wave Fern Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Crispy Wave Fern Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

If you find that keeping this plant is alive, even with all this advice, feels like an impossible job, fear not. You can always opt for a fake version.

Fortunately, with the high quality of artificial crispy wave ferns, the fake ones look just like the real thing! They also still offer feng shui and mental health benefits. You can’t lose!

If you’re worried a fake crispy wave fern is not trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whatever you decide, you can’t go wrong with a crispy wave fern. Alive or artificial, they will be beautiful additions to your houseplant collection.

What’s happening with your crispy wave fern plant? Have you been able to bring it back from the brink of death? What tips and tricks worked for you?

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