Adiantum (Maidenhair fern)

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  • Adiantum, the maidenhair fern, is a genus of about 250 species of ferns in the subfamily Vittarioideae of the family Pteridaceae, though some researchers place it in its own family, Adiantaceae.
  • The genus name comes from Greek, meaning "unwetted", referring to the fronds' ability to shed water without becoming wet.


  • The plant typically grows in partial to full shade and prefers moist but well-draining soil amended with organic matter, much like in its natural habitat in humus-rich woods. These ferns do not tolerate dry soil.
  • Most ferns grow best in slightly acidic soils; however, maidenhair ferns prefer a more alkaline soil pH.
  • Adding some ground limestone to the potting mix of container grown plants or mixing it into your outdoor beds will help with this.


  • Fertilize monthly year-round with a half-strength liquid fertilizer.
  • It's best to only repot when your plant is root-bound, and preferably in the spring.
  • Repot in a rich, high quality soil, such as a potting soil amended with 25% compost.


  • Maidenhair ferns need shady settings.
  • Do not expose them to any direct sunlight, and especially avoid bright light.


  • Caring for maidenhair ferns is not very demanding.
  • While it needs to be kept moist as part of its maidenhair fern care, you need to be careful not to over water the plant.
  • This can lead to root and stem rot.
  • On the other hand, don’t let the maidenhair dry out either.
  • But, in the event it 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.


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