July 17, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland zone 7
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Your Rabbit's Foot Fern should be indoors for winter. Though you can have them in a cooler spot for the winter months, do not expose them to temperatures below 55 degrees F.
I was given a Rabbit’s Foot Fern with little instruction on its watering and care. It seems to be very pot bound and there is very little soil evident. It is in a large plastic pot with a water drip tray. Aside from needing repotting, should I water it from the top or the bottom tray, discarding excess water after a few hours? I also have placed it on a pebble bed and mist to help moisturize the air, as I am in the southern most part of New Brunswick Canada on an island halfway down the Maine coast, so winter is harsh and dry air is the norm in winter! It is in a second bathroom that only has a skylight and no shower. Will this be enough light? The plant is also losing fronds. Is it just in shock due to the change of environment, winter or am I killing it!?
Thank you for your help,
Here are a couple of excellent articles to help you with your Rabbit's Foot Fern! This is one of my favorite ferns!
I have a beautiful, huge rabbit foot fern… it lives in our living room with east exposure… this spring I am noticing that some of the fronds have something on them that looks like a deep yellow or rust… it can be wiped off… what is it and do I need to wash the fronds or do I need to just dust them? This is a new “something” for me….. Thank you for letting me know how to handle this lovely specimum…
This sounds like a rust fungus. I would cut the infected parts from the fern.
Here is a link with more information.
If it did grow a frond but dropped it, you may want to refresh yourself on the care.
Check the condition of the rhizomes. Remove any that have died.
Uncertain as how to care for this baby. Don’t want to damage it, but it definitely needs to be reworked and repotted. Can you split this fern, or just put in a bigger pot? It has many, many rhizomes which I don’t want to damage. Thanks!!
Division can be done CAREFULLY every two years or so. This article will go over that, and its care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rabbits-foot-fern/rabbits-foot-fern-care.htm