Adiantum raddianum 'Pacific Maid'
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- Scientific Name: Adiantum raddianum 'Pacific Maid'
- Common Names: Pacific Maidenhair
- Native Region: The tropical regions of Central and South America
- Light Requirements: Prefers bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight can scorch its delicate leaves, while too little light can stunt growth and reduce the lushness of the foliage.
- Water Requirements: Requires consistent moisture but does not like to be waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out slightly before watering again. High humidity levels are also appreciated, mimicking its native tropical environment.
- Soil Preference: Prefers a light, airy, well-draining soil mix with high organic matter. A mixture of peat, perlite, and pine bark is often recommended to ensure proper drainage and aeration.
- Fertilizing: Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer at half strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce fertilizing in the fall and winter when growth naturally slows.
- Hardiness Zone: Typically grown as a houseplant in most regions due to its sensitivity to cold. In the USDA Hardiness Zones, it can be grown outdoors in zones 10-11.
- Pet Safety: Non-toxic to cats and dogs.
- Additional Care Tips: Humidity: As a tropical plant, it thrives in high humidity. Mist the leaves regularly, place the plant on a pebble tray filled with water, or use a humidifier to increase humidity. Pruning: Trim off any brown or dead fronds to encourage new growth and maintain a neat appearance. Repotting: Repot in the spring every 1-2 years or when it becomes root-bound, using a slightly larger pot to encourage growth.