With its feathery light, soft light green leaves and contrasting black stems, the Maidenhair fern (Aeethiopicum) is a lovely addition to any indoor area or moist shaded garden bed.


 

How to grow maidenhair fern in a pot

  1. Choose a pot that is at least twice the size of the selected plant. Position in the garden or choose a position indoors that receives filtered sun and is protected from the hot afternoon sun.
  2. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix, such as Yates Thrive Indoor Plants Potting Mix.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well. 
  5. Feed lightly once a year with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.
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How to grow maidenhair fern in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets filtered sun and is protected from the afternoon sun. Prepare the planting area well by digging in a small amount of Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.
  2. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the shrub from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  4. Feed lightly once a year with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.

     

Growing tips

  • Keep the soil consistently moist.
  • Prune back any damaged or dead fronds from the base of the plant to maintain its soft leafy appearance.
  • If the fern does suffer from any sun or wind damage, trim all of the fronds back to the base of the plant and water well, ensuring not to overwater. New growth can appear if the soil is kept moist and the plant is kept in a protected area.

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