Rabbit's Foot Fern - 6"
Rabbits Foot Fern
The Rabbit's Foot Fern, also known as Davallia fejeensis, is a unique and intriguing houseplant that is sure to catch the attention of any plant lover. Its distinctive foliage and fascinating rhizomes make it a standout addition to any indoor space. This fern gets its name from the furry, creeping rhizomes that resemble a rabbit's foot.
The most striking feature of the Rabbit's Foot Fern is its rhizomes, which are covered in soft, brown hairs, resembling a rabbit's foot. These rhizomes grow above the soil, creating an intriguing and eye-catching display.
This fern is native to Fiji and other Pacific Islands, where it grows as an epiphyte on trees. It has a long history and is believed to have been used in traditional medicine by the indigenous people of these regions.
Like many ferns, the Rabbit's Foot Fern is excellent at purifying the air, removing toxins and improving the overall air quality in your home.
Why it Makes an Excellent Houseplant:
Unique Aesthetic: The furry rhizomes of the Rabbit's Foot Fern provide an interesting texture and visual appeal to any indoor space. It adds a touch of whimsy and uniqueness to your plant collection.
Low Maintenance: This fern is relatively easy to care for, making it suitable for both novice and experienced plant enthusiasts. With the right conditions and regular care, it can thrive and bring joy for years to come.
Air Purification: The Rabbit's Foot Fern helps improve air quality by filtering out toxins and adding oxygen to your home. It contributes to a healthier and more refreshing indoor environment.
Versatile Placement: Due to its moderate size, the Rabbit's Foot Fern can be placed on shelves, countertops, or in hanging baskets. Its rhizomes can cascade down, creating a beautiful display.
The Rabbit's Foot Fern is an intriguing and visually appealing houseplant that adds a touch of uniqueness to any indoor space. With its unique rhizomes, low-maintenance care requirements, air-purifying qualities, and versatile placement options, it is an excellent choice for plant enthusiasts looking to enhance their home decor with a touch of nature.
Care Instructions Summary:
- Light: Bright, indirect light
- Soil: Well draining, retains moisture
- Water: Water when top inch of soil seems slightly dry
- Humidity: High humidity levels; mist or provide supplemental humidity
- Temperature: 60-75ºF
See the additional information sections below for detailed care instructions.
Care Instructions for Rabbit's Foot Ferns
Light Requirements: Rabbit's Foot Ferns prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, as it can scorch their delicate foliage. Place them near a north or east-facing window for optimal light conditions.
Temperature and Humidity: These ferns thrive in temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). They prefer high humidity levels, so misting the foliage regularly or placing the plant on a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles can help create the ideal environment.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels slightly dry. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water, as it can lead to root rot.
Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix that retains moisture. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well for Rabbit's Foot Ferns.
Fertilization: Feed the fern with a balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength during the growing season (spring and summer) every two to four weeks. Reduce feeding frequency during the dormant season.