Adiantum (Maidenhair fern)
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Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 20cm.
- 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.