Plant Care Maidenhair fern
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Maidenhair fern

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Maidenhair fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
Maidenhair fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

souther maidenhair fern, black maidenhair fern and venus hair fern

Taxonomy

Adiantum capillus-veneris
Adiantum
Pteridaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Maidenhair fern

Water

How often to water your Maidenhair fern

Water needs for Maidenhair fern
0.5 cups
every 9

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 Maidenhair fern

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Maidenhair fern in your home

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

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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Nutrients

How to fertilize Maidenhair fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for 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 Maidenhair fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

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 Maidenhair fern

Maidenhair fern

Maidenhair fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Maidenhair fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 35
Maidenhair fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 14
Maidenhair fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Maidenhair fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
Maidenhair fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
Maidenhair fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Maidenhair fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Maidenhair fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Charlotte avatar
@Charlotte
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 89 XP
globe Dedham, England
10/12/2021

Mine is all shrivelled up already

Browns easily Browns easily
Isabellamadden22 avatar
@Isabellamadden22
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 285 XP
09/12/2021

The most dramatic, high maintenance plants in my collection. However he hasn’t given up on life. He’s doing really well at the moment. He’s spent most of his life as a crispy bush. I’m determined to nurture him to back to health.

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Ivy avatar
@Ivy
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Markham, Ontario
08/30/2021

If you don’t have much light, and u can keep it happy with moisture, and you want something green to vivid your space, take it.

Breauna avatar
@Breauna
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Anacortes, Washington
07/24/2021

One of the hardest plants to take care of!

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Eleanortheflorist
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 610 XP
globe Saint Ives, England
07/16/2021

Beautiful plant. Very sensitive and isn't at all hardy. Browns easily so keep soil moist, water when very top layer is wet. Bottom water to reduce mould. Keep out of direct sunlight

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Ackabizzle
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
07/07/2021

Never allow to dry out completely. If the soil isn’t kept more than half moist this plant will brown and crisp away. It can be rejuvenated with a trim and fresh drink though.

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Maddiesteele
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 345 XP
globe Dallas, Texas
07/05/2021

died in the first week😍

Elyse avatar
@Elyse
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 647 XP
globe Wilsonville, Oregon
06/26/2021

Bottom water!! My maiden hair is very moody

Browns easily Browns easily
Liz avatar
@Liz
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 148 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
06/25/2021

They are very beautiful and high maintenance. They brown very easily but if taken care of, grow to a decent size.

Browns easily Browns easily
Reen avatar
@Reen
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 258 XP
globe Sydney, New South Wales
06/19/2021

This finicky baby keeps me on my toes and I love her for it.

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
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@Calebsneath
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 90 XP
06/15/2021

Lovely plant and beautiful when it’s thriving! However, it is very high maintenance and very thirsty indeed!

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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@Rootwitch13
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 120 XP
06/05/2021

Nope. Lol. Don’t do it.

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Georgie.leaman
leaf-1 84 Plants
xp 2,768 XP
globe Newcastle upon Tyne, England
06/02/2021

Only had this plant a day but i’m in love with it, genuinely never seen such a beautiful plant

Plantlover avatar
@Plantlover
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 93 XP
globe Los Angeles, California
05/30/2021

This plant is very special. It is picky but if it’s needs are meet it will reward you.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Emily avatar
@Emily
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 69 XP
globe Auckland
05/26/2021

Beautiful but is too much of a diva

Jaedi_06 avatar
@Jaedi_06
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 678 XP
globe Alamo, California
05/19/2021

Literally if your a beginner plant parent stay away from this maiden hair fern. It is so hard to keep alive you have to water almost everyday. Very bad

Browns easily Browns easily
Flowermamas avatar
@Flowermamas
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 62 XP
globe Tomball, Texas
05/16/2021

lil baby is annoying to keep alive, lil bud SENSITIVE like cancer moon sensitive

Browns easily Browns easily
Dean avatar
@Dean
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Masterton, Wellington
05/15/2021

My maidenhair fern does well in my med light bathroom. My bathroom doesn’t get any full sun in there. It loves the humidity and I never let him dry out as straight away I notice browning of his leaves.

Browns easily Browns easily
Jadyn avatar
@Jadyn
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 292 XP
globe Okotoks, Alberta
05/12/2021

Very pretty but I find it’s easy to over and also under water, it has a very small middle ground of what it likes and if you don’t get it right the plant will have a temper tantrum

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Maddiemledford
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 590 XP
globe Eau Claire, Wisconsin
05/11/2021

Hate it

Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet

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