Rabbit's Foot Fern
Davallias

Rabbit’s Foot Fern is sometimes called the "Good Luck" plant because of its charming silvery-brown, fur-like rhizomes. It grows 12-18" tall, and does well in direct sunlight or under lights.

  • Grows soft "rabbits feet" around the exterior of the pot
  • Easy to grow
  • Good terrarium plant
  • As the Rabbit Foot fern grows, so does the hairy feet, totally engulfing the pot in a few years

Planting suggestions:

Plant the rabbit's foot fern in a 6 to 10 inch container filled with all purpose potting soil amended with peat to retain moisture. Plastic pots are lighter than clay and slower to dry out, making them good choices for hanging.
Place in an area with bright indirect light. Moderate temperature is best as high heat can burn the fronds.
Water thoroughly, making sure that the container drains well. Rabbit's foot likes moist--not soggy--soil. Water when the top of the soil begins to dry slightly.
Dilute water soluble fertilizer to 1/4 strength and feed twice a month.
Check for pests periodically. Remove them with cotton swabs dipped in alcohol or plain water.
Divide the rhizomes of a root bound plant and pot in separate containers with new potting soil. If desired, you can also just repot original fern into a larger container.

 

Rabbit's Foot Fern

Rebecca Jordi
Horticulture Agent IV
County Extension Director
Contributing Editor
email: rljordi@ufl.edu