Adopting and caring for Maidenhair Fern
Adopting: Adding a lush, well-grown lightly variegated Maidenhair Fern either as a potted specimen or one in a hanging basket to a plant collection is a feeling only a plant parent can understand. At eplants, we bring you display-ready plants with high-quality growth, compact shape and well-formed leaves.
Locating: Direct sun or overly bright light can bleach or burn the leaves of a Maidenhair Fern. So any area that offers filtered light is best for these plants. They do extremely well in antique-styled brass and metal planters in areas with indirect light. Since these plants need regular watering and misting, care must be taken when they are located in areas with extremely low light
Potting: Ferns need rich, well-drained soil that has been fortified with organic material. So it is ideal to mix good quantities of compost into the potting mix. A blend of coco-peat, compost, and river sand in a 30:50:20 ratio should help your Fern to do well.
Watering: Ferns demand regular watering and misting, but they cannot stand waterlogged conditions.
Fertilising: If you have a good potting mixture and your plants are looking bushy and healthy, you can skip the fertilising entirely. However, if you are keen to feed them, use an organic liquid fertiliser. If you are using a chemical mix, dilute them to have the prescribed strength and fertilise them once a month or so. Ensure that the chemicals don’t come in contact with the leaves.
A Maidenhair Fern is a unique tropical specimen that, with its lacy, frilly leaves bring uniqueness to just any setting. Ensure that you protect them from direct sunlight, and give it the right kind of humidity. Once established, here is a plant that can give you years and years of lush, trouble-free growth putting on leaf, after lacy new leaf.
Did you know
Did you know? A native of Fiji Maidenhair Fern is an epiphytic fern whereby they grow on trees and rock crevices obtaining nutrients from rain, air, trees and debris.