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Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum aethiopicum

$36.00 $46.00
Size: Small
Pot: Eco Planter
Eco Pot

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  • Pet Safe:Yes

  • Care Level:I'm Easy

  • Overall Size: 4" to 6" W 6" to 8" H

With such bright and delicate fronds, The Maidenhair Fern is absolutely worth the extra effort! This diva prefers moist soil, low light and humid conditions but the extra TLC will pay off quick!

Maidenhair Fern

About Maidenhair Fern

Plants often get their names from folklore! The Maidenhair Fern genus is derived from the Greek word for "unwetted" because rainwater runs off the fronds. The arrangement of leaflets on the fern mirrors the hair of Venus, from Roman mythology. She was a creature of the sea, amply developed and with remarkable dry hair. Thus the common name maidenhair fern we use today.

Care Level: I'm Easy

Likes a lot of humidity

Pet Friendly: Yes

Ferns are non-toxic, though the ASPCA does not have a specific listing for Maidenhair


Native to Africa, southern Asia through to northern Australia, with two species in tropical Central America.

Fun Facts

Maidenhair fern is the source of a pleasantly aromatic volatile oil long used as a rinse or shampoo that rendered black hair very shiny, hence the name Maidenhair. The tough, water-repellent, shiny black stems were used by Native American peoples in basketweaving. The genus name means "repels water," for indeed raindrops weigh down the fronds & drop onto the ground leaving the fronds nearly dry.

Maidenhair Fern

Great For People Who…

  • Great for people with pets
  • Great for people who nurture their plants like their children
  • Great for people using Feng Shui
Maidenhair Fern

Great For Spaces That…

  • Great for spaces with partial shade patios
  • Great for spaces with higher ceilings
  • Great for spaces with medium indirect light
  • Great for spaces with shelving or with an upward climbing trellis

Adiantum aethiopicum Care Guide

  • Medium

    Prefers medium levels of indirect light.

  • Low

    Water well and then allow the soil to dry out between each watering.

  • Medium

    Enjoys humidity. Spritz occasionally.

  • 70 to 70

    Keep this plant at an even temperatures indoors with plenty of humidity and avoid cold drafts.

  • 3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11

    Outside: Keep it in full shade on a patio out of direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

  • Monthly

    Apply a balanced, liquid fertilizer especially formulated for indoor plants every month. Apply during the spring, summer and fall season. Let it rest during the winter.

  • 2 Years

    When receiving the Maidenhair Fern, do not repot immediately but wait at least 6-12 months or if the roots are beginning to get crowded and growing through the drainage holes. It prefers to be a little crowded in its pot.

    Repot in the spring, using a 2 inches bigger pot to give the roots room to spread.

    Place a piece of screening at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to secure the soil and allow it to drain. Use a rich, well-draining indoor potting mix amended with 25% compost and to help with fertility.

    Water your plant in the old pot before transferring over and let it sit an hour.

    Add soil to the bottom to elevate the root ball. Lift the plant and release the roots against the existing planter. Use a clean knife or garden trowel to wedge between the pot and the soil to loosen.

    Inspect the root ball. Notice if there are any dead or rotting roots and trim off with sterile pruners. If the plant is rootbound, cut through the roots to alleviate continued encircling.

    Ensure the plant is sitting about 1 inch below the edge of the pot to avoid water spillage. Add more soil and backfill around the sides by tamping down. Fill up to the soil line but not over.

    Water thoroughly, leaving the soil damp but not soggy. If settling occurs, add more soil.

    Water well to dampen the soil and let it drain.

  • Monthly

    If the leaves on your fern dry out or become crispy, trim off the stems down to the base. Keep the base and roots moist and new fronds will form eventually. Place it on a pebble tray to keep the humidity high. Remove any debris on the soil and replenish if necessary.

  • Division

    Propagate and divide your Maidenhair Fern in the spring.

    Hydrate the plant the night before.

    Pull from the container and brush or wash away the soil carefully around the roots. Carefully divide or cut through the clump with a sterilized knife.

    Repot the fern in rich, indoor peat-based potting soil mix amended with a rooting hormone. Be aware that each new plant needs several leaves with sufficient roots attached.

    Use a container 2 inches bigger than the root ball with drainage and deep enough for its roots to grow. Place the plant at the same level as the previous pot adding soil at the bottom.

    Water the soil and add more soil if settling occurs.

    Set it in medium to bright, indirect sunlight while they are rooting. Place a large, clear plastic bag, spritz with water on the interior and place over the new plant to create a humid environment.

    Check the moisture and humidity each day and add misting to keep the soil moist while the roots establish.

    After 6-8 weeks, roots will begin to establish. You can tug onto the stem to ensure the roots are anchoring well. Remove the plastic bag but keep the air humid around it with a pebble tray and misting.

Maidenhair Fern

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