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Asked by
k4zmb on
November 20, 2016
Keystone Heights, Florida

Q. Rabbits foot fern

Will they tolerate nightime temperature drop to 35 degrees?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 21, 2016
A.

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.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rabbits-foot-fern/rabbits-foot-fern-care.htm

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Anonymous on
December 30, 2016

Q. Rabbit’s Foot Fern

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,
Bonnie

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
December 30, 2016
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Anonymous on
April 7, 2018

Q. Rabbit’s Foot Fern

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…

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 7, 2018
A.

This sounds like a rust fungus. I would cut the infected parts from the fern.
Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/learn-about-plant-rust-disease-and-rust-treatment.htm

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Anonymous on
March 14, 2019

Q. Rabbit’s Foot Fern

I have had my rabbit’s foot fern for more than 25 years. We moved from New England [where there were no growing issues, east window, regular watering, not much misting, no drafts] to North Carolina. My poor plant lost all its fronds; it has taken me months to figure out where all the drafts were coming from, and how to close them up and still have a functioning HVAC system. The fronds are now coming back, but the first two stems turned brittle and fell off the rhizome before the frond actually opened to its delicate coverage. I don’t want to lose the rest of them. The plant is in an east window, gets morning light from dawn until noonish, depending on time of year. I keep the soil moist, and mist nearly every day. Thank you.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 14, 2019
A.

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.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/rabbits-foot-fern/rabbits-foot-fern-care.htm

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Asked by
js.rominger on
September 9, 2019
North Highlands, CA

Q. I inherited a huge rabbit’s foot fern in a very small pot. How do I fix it; can it be split?? Lots of rhizomes!

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!!

Answered by
BushDoctor on
September 11, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

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

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 19, 2019

Q. Rabbit’s Foot Fern: How do I control gnats on recent transplant with young leaves?

Gnats seem to be coming up out of the soil.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
November 20, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Sounds like fungus gnats. Here is information on controlling them:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/fungus-gnats.htm

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