Rabbit's Foot Fern Care
Ferns,  Plant Care

Rabbit’s Foot Fern Care

Rabbit foot fern care is straight forward as long as your keep them wet but don’t over water and keep them out of direct sunlight.

Rabbit’s Foot Fern Care Summary

Light needs:Low and medium indirect light.
Watering needs:They like to be kept wet, water them once the top layer of soil (an inch or 3 cms) has dried out.
Fertilizer:Multipurpose fertilizer once a month in spring and summer, well diluted.
Soil:A well draining peat based potting compost.
Humidity:60% or more.
Temperature:18-25°C (64-77°F). Normal household temperatures, but don’t let your ferns get down to below 10°C (50°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Davallia Fejeensis.
Common issues:Yellowing due to overwatering.


Welcome to our guide to rabbit’s foot fern care. The rabbits foot fern has furry rhizomes that often grow out the pot round the edge, which give it it’s strange appearance and name.

Rabbit's Foot Fern Care
Some of the ‘rabbits foot’ rhizomes, this is quite an extreme example, normally there are only one or two such rhizomes that grow form the the pot. Photo credit Wikipedia.

Light Needs

A rabbits foot fern will do well in low and medium indirect light conditions.

How Often to Water

Rabbits foot ferns like to be kept wet, water them once the top layer of soil (an inch or 3 cms) has dried out.


You can feed your rabbits foot fern and multipurpose fertilizer, once a month in spring and summer. Make sure to dilute it down by using twice the recommend amount of water as ferns like this can be sensitive to burn from fertilizer.


Use a well draining peat based potting compost for your rabbits foot fern.

When To Repot

Repot your fern in spring and do it at least every two years, up one pot size.

Rabbit's Foot Fern Care


Aim for 60% or more, which is relatively high. Keep them with other plants or put a wet pebble tray under the plant.


Aim for 18-25°C (64-77°F). Don’t let your ferns get down to 10°C (50°F) for too long as the cold can damage them. Other than this they like normal household temperature ranges.

Where To Buy A Rabbit’s Foot Fern

You can find rabbits foot ferns in your local plant nurseries from time to time. Or try Etsy.

Other Names for Rabbit’s Foot Fern

Davallia Fejeensis

Rabbit’s Foot Fern Care FAQs and Common Problems

Overwatering can cause root rot as well as yellowing of leaves. Be careful to water your fern regularly but do not let it sit in water, and allow the top layer of soil to dry out before watering again.

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