Maidenhair Plant OR.

Maidenhair Plant OR.

Maidenhair Plant

Maidenhair ferns have delicate fan-shaped leaf segments, typically clustered on wiry black stems, and their leaves are smaller than other types of ferns. In addition to being one of the most popular fern houseplants, the maidenhair fern can also be found in nature, growing in places where other plants typically don't, like on rock walls and in between rock fissures where the moisture from water seepage keeps them alive. Though they are visually stunning throughout all stages of their growth, they are considered a slow-growing fern, typically taking up to three years to reach their full mature size. Plant the fern outdoors any time during the year if you live in the right USDA zone where they'll thrive.


A popular houseplant in the genus Adiantum – there are many species commonly sold with a reputation for being humidity-loving, “difficult divas”. I’m only going to validate one critical point of maidenhair care: given the right light, the soil MUST remain evenly moist at all times. This means you must be vigilant in observing the moisture status of the soil – the moment it feels just a bit lighter than “fully moistened” soil, it’s time to water again. If the potting medium goes beyond half dry (meaning, when you lift the pot and it feels like less than half has heavy as “fully moistened” soil), then EVERY frond will turn brown and crispy within a day. But the entire plant isn’t necessarily dead – if you cut off all these spent fronds and give the soil a nice soaking and put the plant where it has a wide view of the open sky, you may get some new fronds to emerge. If you can maintain proper light and watering over the next few months, then you should have a bushy plant again.

People usually panic when they see one entire frond die back. Hear this: a few fronds dying back is perfectly normal and inevitable. If your light is good and you are able to keep the soil evenly moist, then new fronds will grow to replace the ones that had died – everything will be fine. You can only be comfortable with frond turnover if you are confident in your growing conditions, which starts with knowing good light. What exactly is good light? Bright indirect light is best for this plant (400-800 foot-candles for most of the day), which comes from giving the plant the widest possible view of the open sky. An hour or two of direct sun is tolerable if you are keen on checking the soil moisture.Now, if you approach watering as a schedule, then you could easily miss that point of critical dryness, resulting in your entire plant turning into a crispy mess. But if you use the appropriate soil moisture observation strategy, in this case “keep evenly moist”, then you will just be checking the soil every few days (or possibly every day). And remember: if your plant doesn’t have a wide open view of the sky, then just keeping the soil evenly moist won’t do anything – the plant isn’t working (photosynthesizing) and will eventually die. (Source: www.houseplantjournal.com)




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