maidenhair fern

Growing and Caring for a Maidenhair Fern

Growing and Caring for a Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum

The Maidenhair Fern is an attractive and comfortable addition to many a gardener's spaces. These plants come in a wide variety of species, and displays are found worldwide. The fronds range from feathery in appearance to flattened, fringed, or fan. Some species fan out from the center, while others are reminiscent of clusters of a grape formation. Most are green; a few, such as the Rosy Maidenhair, have pink or red foliage. They need shade, so avoid full sunlight. The tallest species can grow up to 3 feet in height. Most are smaller at maturity and fan outwards. They can grow in zones 3-10, depending on the species.

Caring for your Maidenhair Fern

They require well-drained, moist soil. If Maidenhair Fern dries out, giving them a good soaking in water usually revives them. They are well suited for both indoor and outdoor planting. If indoors, do not let Maidenhair Fern get below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If they reach this temperature or below outdoors, healthy Maidenhair ferns will naturally go dormant until warmer weather. However, it would be best if you avoided frost. Besides being an excellent choice for houseplants, these beautiful plants are often used as fillers in flower arrangements, waterside decoration, or terrariums. Maidenhair Fern plant adds texture and interest to any of these settings and can soften and brighten a room all at once. Watch out for aphids and mealybugs. Treat accordingly if these pests are spotted outside or in a well-ventilated area. Other varieties include Adiantum aetheopicum or Common Maidenhair. This species has a flat, spread-out appearance. Adiantum caudatum is an eastern variety also called Walking Maidenhair. Capillus-Veneris, or Black Maidenhair, is a small, widely found variety. Maidenhair Ferns are excellent companions to Hostas, Lungwort, and Corydalis. Whether perched precariously near a waterfall or brightening a favorite room, Maidenhair Ferns are a popular choice.

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