Plant Care Northern Maidenhair Fern

Northern Maidenhair Fern

2.8 out of 5 (4 experiences)

Northern Maidenhair Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
Northern Maidenhair Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Northern Maidenhair Fern

Northern Maidenhair Fern is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in abundant sunlight ☀ and should be less than 3 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as browning easily and being a survivor with only 98 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Northern Maidenhair Fern likes soil that is good at retaining moisture. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Northern Maidenhair Fern belongs to the adiantum genus, and is native to North America and Asia.


Adiantum pedatum

How to care for Northern Maidenhair Fern


How often to water your Northern Maidenhair Fern

Water needs for Northern Maidenhair Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Northern Maidenhair Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Northern Maidenhair Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Northern Maidenhair Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Northern Maidenhair Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Northern Maidenhair Fern may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Northern Maidenhair Fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Northern Maidenhair Fern: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Northern Maidenhair Fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Northern Maidenhair Fern is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Northern Maidenhair Fern

Northern Maidenhair Fern

Northern Maidenhair Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Northern Maidenhair Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Northern Maidenhair Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 1
Arabella avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 276 XP
globe Lower Hutt, Wellington

it can’t handle too warm climates

Browns easily Browns easily
Jrobin4 avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 531 XP

I want to love this plant - so pretty and delicate. But it started dying the moment I brought it home.

Definitely will try again, but low rating is reflective of difficulty in keeping it healthy.

Browns easily Browns easily
Normatu545 avatar
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 541 XP
globe Escondido, CA

This is a higher difficulty, finicky plant hands down. Got mine for $7 at Lowe’s so I assumed it’d be a reasonable plant to care for since it was so affordable. Lol wrong. I started it on the southern balcony where my upstairs apartment’s front door is. I put it under the awning where there is ample shade. It got badly sunburned and lost over half its foliage to crispy browning. I thought she was dead for a month (since the moisture meter read maximum wetness the whole time) but was surprised to see there was no root rot! I left it sitting in a pebble tray for moisture but did not notice the water level was too much and left the pot with “wet feet” for about a month. I hope I can save it by repotting into a self watering pot (which they love), but if it dies, I will honestly be relieved. I snipped off all the sad foliage all the way to the soil line. Supposedly these ferns can re-establish themselves even if you snip off ALL the foliage. Let’s see how this goes! I’m placing this on my eastern facing balcony, but starting it right up against the window indoors.

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor

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