Maidenhair ferns have delicate fan-shaped leaf segments, typically clustered on wiry black stems, and their leaves are smaller than other types of ferns. In addition to being one of the most popular fern houseplants, the maidenhair fern can also be found in nature, growing in places where other plants typically don’t, like on rock walls and in between rock fissures where the moisture from water seepage keeps them alive.
Though they are visually stunning throughout all stages of their growth, they are considered a slow-growing fern, typically taking up to three years to reach their full mature size.
The small leaves of maidenhair ferns are very sensitive. You’ll need to find the perfect indoor spot for the plant or the leaves will let you know it’s not positioned well. If the air is too dry and the plant needs more moisture and humidity, the leaves will do the following: curl up, dry out at the tips and/or brown at the tips, and fall off.