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Rabbit’s Foot Fern ( Davallia fejeensis )

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This easy to grow fern loves shade and doesn’t mind if you forget to water it occasionally. It also will tolerate cold down to freezing occasionally.  The fronts will grow 1′ to 2′ long indoors if it is happy.  It will fill much thicker as it ages so there will be no space between the fronds.

It will be happiest in a hanging pot near a drafty window, on the north or east side of your home.  Like all ferns the more humid the spot it is in, the happier it will be.

Rabbit’s foot fern is not as messy as other ferns, so you won’t have to clean it up as often.

Propagation is best done by division when it out grows its pot.  You can also put a pot next to the pot with your fern and place one of the fuzzy feet a little bit under the soil.  It will send up a new green frond at which time you can separate it from the mother plant.

This plant rarely needs repotting, unless the roots are escaping out the bottom, I’d leave it be.

This plant is from Fiji where it grows in the crooks of tree limbs. Peat moss combined with an equal amount of bark makes the best potting mix for Rabbit’s foot ferns.  But if you are someone who forgets to water your plants, I’d use a regular potting soil.  The peat and bark dry out fast.

While loved by everyone who grows them they are hard to locate at local nurseries and you’ll likely have to find an online source or an owner willing to part with a plug.

This fern grows well with epiphytic orchids if you are looking for a companion plant for your orchid.

Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

November 16th, 2008 at 5:00 am

Pony tail palm aka Elephant foot aka bottle palm ( Beaucarnea recurvata )

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Pony tail palms are not really palms but are members of the Lilaceae family. It is a native of the desert in Mexico.

Desert plants make great houseplants if you can give them enough light. Your home is usually drier than the desert.

Pony tail palms store water in the base so the biggest risk is over watering. Water it like a cactus. Let the top inch of soil go dry before you rewater this plant. If you are not sure whether to water – wait a week.

If the leaves turn brown or the stem shrivels you are under watering this plant. If new leaves are light in color or stem or root rot appear you have given it too much water.

It can grow up to 8′ tall indoors.

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Beaucarnea recurvata

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Written by Linda MacPhee-Cobb

August 6th, 2007 at 7:00 am