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Rabbit Foot Fern (Davallia) Houseplant

Fuzzy rhizomes creeping across the soil surface and topped by ferny leaves inspired the common names of the footed ferns. Whether growing the rabbit’s, deer or squirrel’s foot fern, the care is basically the same.

These unique houseplants are epiphytes growing on rocks and in crevices near streams in their native sub-tropical environment. In your home they can be grown in a well-drained potting mix with the hairy rhizomes on the soil surface.

Grow your plant in a shallow container or hanging basket so the showy rhizomes are visible. Place in a cool location in the mid to upper 60’s with bright indirect light.

Humidity is key to success. Place these among other plants or on a gravel tray with the water level kept below the pot.

Keep the soil slightly moist but not soggy and only fertilize, if needed, from March through November.

A bit more information:  Expand your collection by starting new plants from 2-inch sections of the furry rhizomes. Make sure each section contains at least one leafy stem. Lay the furry rhizome on the soil surface and pin it in place. Keep the soil slightly moist and wait for new growth to appear.

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