Plant Care Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern

3.0 out of 5 (53 experiences)

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

Also known as

Southern Maidenhair Fern, Black Maidenhair Fern and Venus Hair Fern


Adiantum capillus-veneris

How to care for Maidenhair Fern


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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Select a city to check sunlight intensity

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.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Maidenhair Fern in your home 🏡.


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.

Difficulty Level

Maidenhair Fern can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern

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

Maidenhair Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 37
Maidenhair Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 16
Maidenhair Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 6
Maidenhair Fern has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 6
Maidenhair Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Maidenhair Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Maidenhair Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Radiantbasil avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 155 XP
globe Elk Grove, CA

Don’t put it in direct sunlight, likes moist soil

Survivor Survivor
Tessalou avatar
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,780 XP
globe Withcott, Queensland

Cute plant to give a fresh look.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Charlotte avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Dedham, England

Mine is all shrivelled up already

Browns easily Browns easily
Isabellamadden22 avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 664 XP

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Markham, Ontario

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
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 84 XP
globe Anacortes, WA

One of the hardest plants to take care of!

Browns easily Browns easily
Eleanortheflorist avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 610 XP
globe Saint Ives, England

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
Ackabizzle avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP

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
Maddiesteele avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 368 XP
globe Dallas, TX

died in the first week😍

Elyse avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 825 XP
globe Wilsonville, OR

Bottom water!! My maiden hair is very moody

Browns easily Browns easily
Liz avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 292 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 499 XP
globe Sydney, New South Wales

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

Browns easily Browns easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Calebsneath avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 90 XP

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
Rootwitch13 avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 120 XP

Nope. Lol. Don’t do it.

Browns easily Browns easily
Georgie.leaman avatar
leaf-1 89 Plants
xp 2,843 XP
globe Newcastle upon Tyne, England

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

Plantlover avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 93 XP
globe Los Angeles, CA

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
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 69 XP
globe Auckland

Beautiful but is too much of a diva

Jaedi_06 avatar
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 678 XP
globe Alamo, CA

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
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 62 XP
globe Tomball, TX

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

Browns easily Browns easily
Dean avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Masterton, Wellington

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

Trending in your area

Similar to Maidenhair Fern

Discover rare plants

This plant is popular in