ADIANTUM (MAIDENHAIR FERN)
These ferns, 6 in. to 3 ft. high, with their graceful habit and pleasing colour tones, are probably the most popular in cultivation.
Adiantum caudatum, one of the smaller species, with graceful fronds, not exceeding 1 ft. in length, beautifully cut and fringed, with baby plantlets at the tips of the mature leaves. These plantlets can be pegged down to form new plants and later severed from the parent and potted separately. Excellent forhanging baskets or for standing on the bench on an upturned pot or similar object.
A. flabellulatum, sometimes listed as hardy and may be so in favoured localities, but usually grown in a greenhouse, where it reaches majestic proportions, the fronds ascending to 2 ft. or more and nearly 1-½ ft. across.
A. roseum, a dwarf kind, 1-½ ith fronds 4 to 6 in. long. Worthy of consideration for its colour tones, being a pleasing pink when young, changing to delicate green with age.
A. rubellum, similar to A. roseum.
A. tinctum wagneri (syn. A.decorum), fronds up to 15 in. long, delicate rosy-red when young, later changing to bright green.
A. venustum, from the Himalayas. Hardy outdoors in the south of England, but seen at its best when grown in a greenhouse, either in pots or pans or planted out beneath the greenhouse staging. Soon forms a dense colon)’ by means of underground runners, each arching frond, about 1 ft. long, sequined with hundreds of tiny bright green leaflets.