Woman's hair fern- filigree plant for partial shade
The maidenhair fern, whose botanical name is Adiantum pedatum, is an impressive foliage ornamental with its delicate, round to oval fronds. Often found indoors, it is one of those fern species that also do very well in the garden if you take their location requirements into account. The plant thrives in shade and partial shade and does not tolerate direct sunlight.
Growth and colour of Adiantum pedatum
The foliage of Adiantum pedatum is pinnate, the light green fronds are arranged in a fleshy pattern. In summer these ferns have a light green foliage colour that turns a beautiful golden yellow in autumn, which fits very well into this colourful season. The leaves grow densely at first, the growth is bushy and compact upwards. Like all ferns, this fern plant does not develop flowers, but reproduces via spores that are spread by the wind. The stems of the maidenhair fern are black and quite wiry, which looks particularly attractive in the garden in autumn in combination with the yellow leaf colouring, before the plant then sheds its foliage. Maidenhair fern grows slowly and reaches a height of 40 - 50 cm.
Garden Styles and Combinations The Maidenhair Fern
These ferns are particularly at home in a shade garden, and are also suitable for planting underneath shrubs, in borders and, of course, in natural gardens. Lady's hair fern is particularly well suited to this unconventional garden style because of its appearance and its relative undemanding nature. As a pot plant, these ferns embellish balconies or terraces and also look particularly attractive as decoration for small stone niches or walls in the garden. Flowers made of natural materials such as clay or terracotta are best suited, as this fern plant loves a moist environment. Whether planted upright or cultivated in containers, maidenhair ferns are versatile and can be combined with other ferns as well as with ornamental ferns to create an attractive picture.
Practical advice and care
The fern is hardy, so it can also be planted in the bed without any problems. It is important to choose a shady to semi-shady location for this fern plant and to avoid direct sun at all costs. If you buy this fern, you will need about 4 - 5 plants per running metre or 6 - 8 plants per square metre. These ferns, which come in pots, can be planted all year round in normal potting soil, which should be fresh, well-drained and always sufficiently moist
Once the right location has been found, this fern plant proves to be really easy to care for and undemanding. If fertiliser is used at all, it should only be used sparingly, as these ferns can easily be overdosed.