Maiden Hair Fern

Common Names: Maidenhair Fern, Southern Maidenhair Fern, Delta Maidenhair Fern

Botanical names: Adiantum raddianum

Availability: Year Round, although limited distribution.

Vase life: Generally rather short, from about 3-7 days.

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: A delicate and graceful fern known for its distinctive, fan-shaped fronds and fine, lacy foliage. The Maidenhair Fern typically features slender, black or dark brown wiry stems that hold delicate, triangular-shaped fronds. The fronds are usually composed of numerous small leaflets, often arranged in a symmetrical pattern along the stem, creating a feathery, almost transparent look.

Color: Green with black or brown stems

Botanical facts: Member of the Polypodiaceae (one of the fern families) with common relatives including staghorn, brake and sword ferns as well as spleenwort.

Design notes: Maidenhair Fern can add a delicate, airy touch and motion to a design. Its graceful fronds can create a soft, cascading effect when placed around the perimeter of an arrangement.

Purchasing hints: Choose fresh Maidenhair Fern fronds with vibrant green foliage. Look for fronds that are free from blemishes or yellowing.

Conditioning: Dip the entire fern in a solution of water and Pixie Sparkle ™. This will put a wax coating on the leaves and will help keep the moisture in and prevent browning. Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in water only for two hours before storage or usage. Store in water only.

Additional notes: Adiantum is from the Greek “adiantos” meaning unwetted, name used for a plant with impermeable leaves.