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Maiden Hair Fern- Adiantum

If you're looking for a delicate and graceful plant to add to your indoor garden, look no further than the Maiden Hair Fern or Adiantum. Known for its delicate, lacy foliage and unique texture, this plant adds a touch of elegance to any space.

Hundreds of tiny green leaves feather out from fine black stems, cascading over a plant stand.

General Care

Adiantum ferns prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the delicate leaves. If your plant is not getting enough light, it may develop brown or yellow spots on its leaves.

Like most ferns, this delicate beauty requires consistently moist soil. Water your fern whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, being careful not to let it dry out completely. Overwatering can be as damaging as underwatering, so ensure the soil is well-draining and doesn't become waterlogged. It may be a sign of overwatering if you notice yellowing or drooping leaves. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent this.


Adiantum ferns are native to humid environments and require high humidity levels. Dry air can cause the leaves to brown and curl, so keeping the air around the plant moist is essential. You can increase humidity levels by misting the leaves or placing a tray of pebbles filled with water underneath the pot. Alternatively, you can use a humidifier to maintain consistent humidity levels.

Tiny club-shaped light green leaves on a fine black stem.


Adiantum ferns prefer well-draining, nutrient-rich soil. A high-quality potting mix containing peat moss, perlite, and vermiculite is ideal for this fern. You can add some organic matter, such as compost or worm castings, to the soil to provide extra nutrients.

Common Problems and How to Fix Them
One of the most common problems with Adiantum ferns is the development of brown tips on the leaves. This is usually a sign of low humidity levels or underwatering. To fix this, increase humidity levels around the plant and ensure you water it enough. If the tips of the leaves turn black, this may indicate a fungal infection. In this case, remove any affected leaves and treat the plant with a fungicide.

Regularly inspect your fern for signs of pests, such as small white or brown spots on the leaves or webs between the fronds. If you notice any problems, treat the plant with a natural insecticide or remove the leaves with a damp cloth.

If you’re a fan of the ferns 🌿 you may also like Boston Fern or Birds Nest Fern.

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