Maidenhair Fern Plant Care Guide

Difficulty Level: Modest

What is The Maidenhair Fern?

The Adiantum Capillus-Veneris, also known as the Black Maidenhair Fern and the Venus Hair Fern, excels as both a potted and hanging plant. It produces bunches of small, bright green leaves, and it graces your home with its beautiful, natural fragrance.

The Maidenhair Fern’s elegance is only matched by its durability. Wherever you choose to place this plant, it is certain to catch the eye of visitors and be a terrific source of conversation!

Light CareLight Care

The Maidenhair Fern prefers to be placed near a source of bright, indirect light. This can be achieved best by placing it near a window of your home, behind the window’s curtain or a similar transparent object.

Too much direct exposure to bright light could result in the “burning” of the plant’s leaves, and light being in a low light environment could delay or stunt its growth.

Water CareWater Care

Water your Maidenhair Fern on a weekly basis. This plant loves water, so make sure to keep its soil evenly moist. The soil should begin to feel dry by the end of the week, at which point you can water it once more. Reduce the amount of water you give your plant during the winter months.

To check the water levels of your plant’s soil, place a water meter several inches into the soil, where it will give you an accurate indication. If you do not own a water meter, stick one finger knuckle-deep into the soil. At this depth, you will be able to accurately account for the soil’s level of moistness.

Food GuideFood Guide

The Maidenhair Fern prefers high-quality potting soil, and it enjoys compost mixed in alongside it. During the growing season, fertilize your plant every 4 - 6 weeks, using a diluted liquid fertilizer. Make sure the soil is slightly moist when you fertilize your plant.

Staff Holy Grail Tip

Life is about balance, and your Maidenhair Fern needs a well-balanced supply of water. Ample drainage is essential to avoid problems like root-rot. That being said, this plant loves water! Submerge your finger knuckle-deep into the soil every other day. If the soil is dry to the touch, it's time to water!