Houseplant Maidenhair Fern

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  • Beautiful, Easy Fern
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 12-18 Inches
  • Mature Spread 12-18 inches
  • Pet Safe

These soft, gorgeous ferns have a fan shape and feather-like quality. And they can be incredibly easy to care for if you just remember to water them plenty! They love water so much that it’s almost impossible to overwater them. And they are non-toxic to cats and dogs, making them a lovely addition to your home. The Maidenhair Fern is also known by a slew of other names, including Black Maidenhair Fern, Southern Maidenhair Fern and Venus Hair Fern. 

Best Locations For Growing Maidenhair Fern 

This is a great plant for any room, but will do especially well in a location with lots of humidity and bright indirect light like a bathroom or kitchen. You needn’t worry about keeping this plant away from pets and children—it’s non-toxic!

Maidenhair Fern Sunlight Requirements

This plant thrives on bright indirect light. Avoid harsh or direct rays, as the delicate leaves can burn easily. However, too little light can lead to poor growth or yellowing fronds. A northern window is ideal.

Maidenhair Fern Care

This plant prefers a more alkaline soil pH. Add some ground limestone to the potting mix to help with this. Your Maidenhair Fern dislikes repotting and prefers small containers. The Maidenhair Fern thrives in moist, well-draining potting soil. Adding moss or other organic matter to the soil will help it to retain water.

Watering Maidenhair Fern 

It is almost impossible to overwater your Maidenhair Fern, but doing so will lead to root rot. Make sure to provide drainage to avoid this. Keep soil moist, as it does not like to dry out. Your best bet is to provide it with multiple water sources. Consistently moist soil is a must. Water your fern daily or every other day, never allowing the soil to dry out. 

This plant is also intolerant of low humidity, so either mist it daily or keep it close to a source of humidity like a wet pebble tray or humidifier. This also makes a great shower plant. 

Feeding Maidenhair Fern 

You don’t need to fertilize your Maidenhair Fern. However, you can feed it with a diluted blend of fertilizer once a month if you’d like to provide your plant with some extra nutrients. Avoid any fertilizer that contains too much nitrogen because this can cause the leaf tips to burn.

Maidenhair Fern Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Spreading
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 12-18 inches
Mature Spread: 12-18 inches
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Green
Temperature: Above 70 °F (Above 21 )
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Maidenhair Fern
Other Name(s): Black Maidenhair Fern, Southern Maidenhair Fern, Venus Hair Fern
Scientific Name: Adiantum capillus-veneris
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

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2 Reviews - Houseplant Maidenhair Fern Show Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by theresa brown on Apr 15, 2023

    I was very happy with my purchase! I like how they pack the plant for shipping, arrived in great condition

  • 3
    plant came damaged due to...

    Posted by Kian Tabrizi on Apr 13, 2023

    Contacted support, they responded back quickly and said I'd be getting a replacement once they have a healthy plant. Still waiting after 2 weeks.