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Adiantum Planting Instructions

Planting Instructions for Adiantum (maidenhair fern):

Light:  Part shade to full shade Moisture:  Average
Soil:  Humus-rich, moist but well draining pH:  Slightly acidic to slightly alkaline (not pH sensitive)
Planting Depth:  1/2 to 1" below soil, mulch lightly Spacing:  12 to 15"

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Adiantum should be just slightly moist but not wet when dormant. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant Adiantum in an area with part shade to full shade in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Avoid excessive heat, drought, and windy areas or the fronds may brown or break. They can tolerate some sun if given enough moisture but tend to grow best in light shade.

Moisture:  Adiantum is native to moist, rich soil that is well-draining. It doesn't need to be wet but also doesn't want to dry out too much.

Spacing:  12 to 15"

Depth:  Plant the rhizomes horizontally about 1/2 to 1" below soil level and then topdress with a light covering of compost or mulch. Sometimes it is hard to tell which way is up on these rhizomes, but don't worry, they will find their way to the surface.

General Instructions:  Enrich your garden with generous amounts of compost or peat humus. Plant the roots as listed, then water once. Your maidenhair ferns will start sprouting as soon as the soil warms and generally won't need much extra water while dormant. Once they have sprouted they enjoy being watered a few times a week or more if it is extra dry.

Landscape Uses:  Maidenhair ferns add a delicate touch to the shade garden. Plant them with hostas, astilbes, fringed bleeding hearts, lungworts (Pulmonaria), toad lilies (Tricyrtis), and woodland wildflowers. They spread underground from short creeping rhizomes and can be allowed to form a dense colony and if desired you can lift and divide them in spring while dormant.