The Maidenhair Fern emits a lovely fragrance, and provides delicate, cascading foliage to rooms, gardens and balconies as a standing or hanging plant. These plants have a reputation for being divas, but under the right growing conditions they are surprisingly easy to care for and create an arching mound of fun, delightful green leaves.
Botanical Classification: Adiantum raddianum
Pets And Kids:
Non-toxic to pets.
Plant Parent Care Tips:
- Don’t let a maidenhair dry out! The soil needs to be kept moist, but not soggy. Mist regularly, as this plant loves higher humidity.
- Regularly trim dead or brown fronds these away at soil level. Don’t fret! Some fronds will eventually die away – just get rid of them.
- In the event your fern does accidentally dry out, don’t be so quick to throw it away. Give it a good soaking and the maidenhair fern will eventually produce new leaves.
Never let the soil of a maidenhair completely dry out. Drainage is also essential. Since the soil will be constantly wet, root rot is never far away. Mist regularly.
Bright, indirect light. Will tolerate lower light, but may become leggy and fronds may yellow. Prefers morning and evening sun, but direct sun will lead to scorching.
Place in a location that gets indirect morning or afternoon sun, such as a northern window, with no drafts and higher humidity, such as the kitchen or bathroom.
Less is more. Fertilize quarterly using half-strength liquid fertilizer while watering.
Fronds turning yellow: May not be receiving enough light.
Fronds turning brown or crispy: Might be receiving too much light, or be under-watered.
Maidenhair fern are the source of an aromatic, volatile oil commonly used as a shampoo, which is where its common name of maidenhair derived.