What is a rabbit foot fern?


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A rabbit foot fern is a type of fern that has furry rhizomes that grow on top of the soil, resembling a rabbit's foot. These rhizomes acquire moisture for the plant as well as give it a unique appearance among the fern family.

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Rabbit foot ferns are native to Fiji. They do best in moderate lighting conditions and should be kept out of direct light that can burn the leaflets. The fern prefers temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and a humid environment. The pot can be placed in a tray of water containing pebbles, or the plant can be misted regularly to increase humidity.

Use a potting mix that drains well. Keep the soil moist during the growing season, but allow the top of the soil to dry out slightly between watering in the winter. Fertilize the plant on a regular basis, spring through fall, using a balanced liquid fertilizer.

The rabbit foot fern can be divided in the spring or summer. Leave the roots and stems attached to the rhizomes, planting the fern in moist potting mix. Don't plant the rhizomes in the soil. If buried, they easily rot. Instead, pin the rhizomes to the soil using strong wire or toothpicks.

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