Repotting A Rabbit’s Foot Fern Plant: How And When To Repot Rabbit’s Foot Ferns
The following are some of the most common questions asked by our readers. Please feel free to add your own question or comment.
Q1) What kind of soil do I need?
(If you have no idea what kind of soil you need, please read this first. You will understand why.)
A1) If you don’t have any experience with rabbits’ feet, then it is better not to use any type of soil other than peat moss. However, if you want to grow rabbit’s foot plants in your garden, then you must use a soil that contains at least 50% organic matter such as composted cow manure or even horse manure.
Q2) Can I plant my rabbit’s foot fern in a pot?
A2) Yes, but you must make sure that the soil around the plant is well drained so that water drains out from under the soil instead of soaking into it. Also, you cannot place your rabbit’s foot fern in a plastic bag because it may suffocate due to lack of oxygen.
Q3) How do I take care of a rabbit’s foot fern?
A3) It doesn’t require a lot of attention, but it is important that you water it only when the soil becomes dry. Covering the pot with plastic wrap can help the soil retain moisture and keep the plant from drying out.
Sometimes, the plant may lose some leaves especially if you repot it. This happens because leaves contain nutrient vessels and when they are broken during repotting the plant starts to react as part of its survival instinct. It is ok.
Q4) I found a rabbit’s foot fern in my yard.
Can I plant it in my garden?
A4) Probably yes, but only if you know that the place you found it is not a protected area or a nature reserve. Also, you can take it from a public park or garden as long as you have permission to do so. However, if you remove it from somebody’s private property, you are not allowed to plant it anywhere else (in most places).
Q5) How do I know if my rabbit’s foot fern has scale insect?
A5) You may notice a fine whitish powder on the top of the soil. This is a sure sign of an infestation and your rabbit’s foot fern needs to be treated immediately. You can use a spray with insecticide but it is better to use neem oil instead.
Q6) Where can I buy a rabbit’s foot fern?
A6) From us, of course. Just kidding. You can find a rabbit’s foot fern at most garden centers or you can buy it online at Amazon.
Q7) I just bought a rabbit’s foot fern plant but it has no leaves.
Why is that?
A7) It may be lacking sunlight so you may want to place the pot in a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. You can also supplement it with fluorescent lights.
Q8) What do I do when my rabbit’s foot fern becomes top heavy and falls over?
A8) This can be due to several reasons but first make sure that you are giving it enough water. If not, then you need to water it more often especially if you live in a location where the weather is dry. Also make sure that the area where you place the pot has good air circulation so that the plant isn’t sitting in its own waste.
Q9) How can I propagate rabbit’s foot ferns?
A9) This is a difficult process for most people so we will explain it here. You can start with severing a leaf and allowing the tip of it to sit in a cup of water. Plant it once it begins to form roots. Another method is to take a stem with several leaves on it and place it horizontally under the soil. Let it sit for a while and it should take root where it makes contact with the soil.
Q10) Would a rabbit’s foot fern make a good houseplant?
A10) Yes, it would. It is low maintenance and tolerates close quarter indoor conditions well. However, make sure that you place it in a location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day.
Q11) How can I make my rabbit’s foot fern grow faster?
A11) You can increase the temperature of its environment and supply it with more nitrogen. You can do this by spraying the leaves with a mixture of fruit and plant fertilizers.
Q12) How do I prevent scale insect on my rabbit’s foot fern?
A12) This is difficult to do because the insects are highly resilient.
Sources & references used in this article:
Growing ferns by JO Strandberg, RH Stamps, DJ Norman – PROCEEDINGS-FLORIDA STATE …, 1999
Growing indoor plants with success by PA Thomas, MP Garber – 2009 – esploro.libs.uga.edu
British Ferns… by J Gatti – Tropical Foliage Plants: A Grower’s Guide, 1998 – Ball Pub
The Selection, Care, and Use of Plants in the Home by SV Pennisi – 2009 – athenaeum.libs.uga.edu
Growing Healthy Houseplants: Choose the Right Plant, Water Wisely, and Control Pests. A Storey BASICS® Title by M Plues – 1866 – books.google.com
Your Garden-Week by Week by CC Fischer, RT Fox – 1986 – ecommons.cornell.edu
The Complete Guide to Keeping Your Houseplants Alive and Thriving: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply by E Zachos – 2014 – books.google.com