How to grow and care for Davallia fejeensis (Rabbit's Foot Fern) Indoors

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Rabbit's Foot Fern, Davallia fejeensis

Botanical name: Davallia fejeensis
Family: Davalliaceae
Common name: Rabbit's Foot Fern

Davallia fejeensis Description

Rabbit's Foot Fern is grown for its furry, brown and yellow rhizomes which look like a rabbit's foot and hence the common name.

The Rabbit's Foot Fern rhizomes absorb moisture and nutients as they crawl.

The fronds in Rabbit's Foot Fern are finely divided, light to dark green in color and look like carrot tops. The leaflets are attached to wiry stems which grow from the rhizomes.

Rabbit's Foot Fern is ideal for a hanging basket where the rhizomes can hang freely for maximum display. The rhizomes should not be buried under the soil to avoid rotting.

Davallia fejeensis Size

Rabbit's Foot Fern grows to a height of about 2 ft and about 2 ft wide.

Davallia fejeensis Origin

Rabbit's Foot Ferns (Davallia fejeensis) are native to the Fiji Islands in Oceania where they are found growing on trees or in between rocks.

Davallia fejeensis Related Species

Davallia fejeensis (Rabbit's Foot Fern) is related to Davallia canariensis (Hare's Foot Fern), Davallia bullata (Squirrel's Foot Fern) and Davallia trichomanoides (Black Rabbit's Foot Fern).

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Rabbit's Foot Fern, Davallia fejeensis

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Davallia fejeensis (Rabbit's Foot Fern) Care Indoor

Davallia fejeensis (Rabbit's Foot Fern) Light Requirements

Davallia fejeensis grows best in bright, indirect light. Keep it away from direct sunlight as it may scorch the fronds.

Turn the pot regularly to ensure even growth of your Rabbit's Foot Fern. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Davallia fejeensis

For optimum growth of your Rabbit's Foot Fern, keep the soil slightly moist.

Reduce watering for your Rabbit's Foot Fern during the cold season as growth is minimal. Maintain the rhizomes moist by daily misting.


Temperature for Davallia fejeensis

Average warmth between 15-240C is ideal for your Rabbit's Foot Fern.

Protect the fern from draughts to prevent sudden changes in temperature as it can lead to leaf drop. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Davallia fejeensis

Rabbit's Foot Fern thrives under high humidity. The Fern is ideal for humid areas like the bathroom and other moist areas.

Raise humidity for your Rabbit's Foot Fern by more frequent misting of the rhizomes to keep them moist or set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out these techniques on how raise humidity for houseplants.

Rabbit's Foot Fern can also be grown in a terrarium as the high humidity it requires can be maintained in a terrarium. Read on how to make a closed terrarium for plants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Davallia fejeensis

Feed Rabbit's Foot Fern with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing period.

Withhold feeding for your Rabbit's Foot Fernduring the cold season as growth is reduced. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to prune Davallia fejeensis

Remove dead and damaged fronds from your Rabbit's Foot Fern. As the fern ages, the older fronds turn brown. Cut them off at the base to maintain the plant looking neat and tidy.

Davallia fejeensis (Rabbit's Foot Fern) Repotting

Repot your Rabbit's Foot Fern every 2-3 years at the beginning of the growing season.

Use a pot that is 1 size larger and ensure that the pot has drainage a hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting. Take care not bury the rhizomes under the soil as it can lead to rotting.

The Rabbit's Foot Fern can also be divided into several sections during repotting and these sections can be potted individually to propagate new ferns.

Soil for Davallia fejeensis

The best soil for Rabbit's Foot Fern should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients. Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Rabbit's Foot Fern.

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Davallia fejeensis (Rabbit's Foot Fern) Propagation

Rabbit's Foot Fern propagation can be done by plant division of the rhizomes at the beginning of the growing season.

How to propagate Davallia fejeensis by plant divison

Carefully take out Rabbit's Foot Fern from its pot and divide it into several sections. Ensure each section has adequate roots.

Pot these sections of Rabbit's Foot Fern into individual pots and take care not to bury the rhizomes under the soil as it can lead to rotting of your Rabbit's Foot Fern.

Place the pots in a warm shaded place and maintain the soil moist through out until the new Rabbit's Foot Ferns are well established after which routine care can begin.

Rabbit's Foot Fern, Davallia fejeensis

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Davallia fejeensis (Rabbit's Foot Fern) Problems Indoors

Why are the fronds of my Rabbit's Foot Fern yellowing, have brown leaf tips and there is no growth?

The cause of yellowing fronds, brown tips and no new growth in Rabbit's Foot Fern is dry air.

Raise humidity for your Rabbit's Foot Fern by more frequent misting of the rhizomes to keep them moist or set the pot on a wet pebble tray. Check out these techniques on how raise humidity for houseplants.

Rabbit's Foot Fern can also be grown in a terrarium as the high humidity it requires can be maintained in a terrarium. Read on how to make a closed terrarium for plants.

Why are the leaves of my Rabbit's Foot Fern yellowing?

Soggy soil is the reason for yellowing leaves in Rabbit's Foot Fern. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

Why are the leaves of my Rabbit's Foot Fern wilting?

Wilting leaves in Rabbit's Foot Fern is an indication of overcrowding in the current pot.

Repot your Rabbit's Foot Fern into a larger pot or divide it up for more plants. Take care not to bury the rhizomes under the soil as it can lead to rotting.

Why is there excessive leaf drop in my Rabbit's Foot Fern?

Leaflets drop in Rabbit's Foot Fern is indicative of too dry soil. Maintain the soil slightly moist at all time and do not allow it to dry out completely for an extended period of time.

Why does my Rabbit's Foot Fern have some brown and yellow leaves?

Browning and yellowing in isolated areas of Rabbit's Foot Fern are as a result of excessive salts in the soil either from watering or fertilizers.

Flush out the salts by repeatedly running a steady stream of water thorough the soil of your Rabbit's Foot Fern and avoid overfertilizing in the future.

Why are there brown shells scattered on fronds of my Rabbit's Foot Fern?

Brown shells scattered on fronds of Rabbit's Foot Fern is an indication of a infestation by Scales. Isolate the affected plant to avoid spread to other houseplants and treat appropriately.

Rabbit's Foot Fern pests

Rabbit's Foot Fern pests; Scales and Mealy Bugs. Isolate the affected plant to avoid spread to other houseplants and treat appropriately.

Is Davallia fejeensis (Rabbit's Foot Fern) toxic?

Rabbit's Foot Ferns (Davallia fejeensis) are non-toxic to humans and pets. The plants are safe to grow indoors.

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