Maidenhair Fern
Ferns,  Plant Care,  Propagation

Maidenhair Fern

Welcome to our guide to the Maidenhair Fern, covering care and propagation, including water, soil, humidity and temperature needs…

Maidenhair Fern Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:They like to be kept moist at all times, not soggy.
Fertilizer:Feed monthly in spring and summer with a half strength balanced feed.
Soil:Equal parts peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. 
Humidity:50-70% 
Temperature:60-70°F (16-21°C).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Venus Maidenhair and Five Fingers.
Common issues:Inconsistent watering.

Introduction

Maidenhair fern is a popular houseplant that can add charm to any place around them. Maidenhair fern is more than just a pretty face; it also plays an important role in the ecosystem and is known for its air-purifying properties. It is native to North America and has delicate, fan-shaped feathery type leaves that are grey-green in colour. Maidenhair ferns are typically found in shady, moist areas and can grow up to two feet tall.

See also: Peacock Fern, Kangaroo Paw Fern, Macho Fern (Nephrolepis Biserrata), Pink Syngonium, Geogenanthus Ciliatus, Rhaphidophora Hayi Care.

Light Needs

Maidenhair fern prefers bright indirect sunlight and will do best in a north- or east-facing window. It cannot tolerate direct sunlight, as it will scorch the leaves. If you don’t have a spot in your home that gets indirect sunlight, you can grow maidenhair fern under fluorescent lights.

How Often to Water Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair ferns like to be kept moist at all times, so be sure to check the soil before watering. The soil should be moist but not soggy. Allow the top layer of soil to dry out slightly in between waterings.

Fertiliser

It does not need to be fertilized on a regular basis. You can fertilize monthly during the spring and summer with a liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Soil

Maidenhair fern prefers rich, well-draining soil. You can use a standard potting mix or make your own by mixing equal parts peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite. You can also add some compost to the mix for extra nutrients.

When To Repot Maidenhair Fern

You will know it is time to repot your maidenhair fern when the leaves start to turn yellow, and the plant becomes rootbound. Maidenhair ferns should be repotted every two to three years. Be sure to use a pot that is only one size larger than the current pot.

Humidity

Maidenhair ferns prefer high humidity between 50-70% and will do best in a bathroom or kitchen. If you do not have a naturally humid room in your home, you can create your own by setting the pot on a pebble tray filled with water. You can also mist the leaves regularly with distilled water.

Temperature

Temperature between 60-70°F (16-21°C) is ideal for its growth.

How To Propagate

Maidenhair ferns can be propagated easily by division. To divide Maidenhair fern, carefully remove the plant from the pot and gently pull it apart into two or three sections. Each section should have several roots attached. Plant the divisions in individual pots filled with a well-draining potting mix.

Other Names

Venus Maidenhair and Five Fingers.

FAQs and Common Problems

Inconsistent watering is the most common problem with Maidenhair ferns. Allow the top layer of soil to dry out slightly in between waterings. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Overwatered soil can lead to root rot which is fatal to the plant. Moreover, it needs high humidity to thrive, so make sure to keep it in humid conditions; otherwise, the leaves will start to turn brown and crispy.

How tall can maidenhair fern grow?

Maidenhair ferns can grow up to two feet tall.

Is maidenhair fern toxic to dogs?

No, Maidenhair fern is not toxic to dogs.

Why is my Maidenhair fern turning yellow?

Yellow leaves on Maidenhair ferns can be caused by several factors, including too much direct sunlight, overwatering, or lack of humidity.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.

Other Articles You Might Like

There you have it, here ends our guide to this beautiful plant. You might also like our other articles:

Peacock Fern, Kangaroo Paw Fern, Macho Fern (Nephrolepis Biserrata), Pink Syngonium, Geogenanthus Ciliatus, Rhaphidophora Hayi Care.

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