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Maidenhairs...

This is a discussion on Maidenhairs... within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Y'all know this one right? Well, it was a bit of a reality check for ...

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    Default Maidenhairs...

    Y'all know this one right?

    Well, it was a bit of a reality check for me when I started to research this one.

    Personal background: Have always been a fan of this fern, however, not since the last few months have I managed to actually keep one alive. Contrary to my understanding, these ferns do not live in the dark!

    So:-

    What I have always regarded as Maidenhair Fern turns out to be only one of many different species of ferns from the same genus called Adiantum. Here's a couple just to show the variety in this genus.

    American Maidenhair Fern

    Rough Maidenhair Fern

    Common Maidenhair Fern (this is the one I grow)

    The attraction here is the delicate fronds, and beautiful soft green colouring.

    The Maidenhair Fern for me is the epitome of elegance!

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    Tim - you're right. These have to be some of the most elegant plants on the planet. What really surprised me about the clump I have is how tough they really are. They can take a good bit of morning and afternoon sun and come through dry periods relatively well. If they get real, real dry, they do kind of get crispy, but it doesn't kill them. The foliage just looks rotten the rest of the year. The next year they come back just fine.

    Kev

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    The Common looks the most delicate to me--when I see them I can practically smell the forrest floor.

    How big is the one you're growing, Tim? Have you had it a while?

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    About a year and a half... got it when I moved into the house... and then it went straight into the darkest corner of the house thinking they are forest floor plants which mustn't get any light and it just did nothing... oh I lie, it went into a very slow decline... and not until it got moved to another brighter location, ie morning up to 9am direct sun, did it start to perk up...



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    It's beautiful, Tim. Excellent in that pot, as well.

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    I tried to grow one of these before, but it died. I guess I overwatered it. Now that its being discussed, I might try growing them again. Thanks for the pic, Tim.

    You people are slowly converting me to become a foliage fan.

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