Rabbit Foot Fern/ Dwarf Ripple
Davallia fejeensis is a miniature variety of the popular Rabbit’s Foot Fern. This versatile fern can be planted terrestrially and epiphytically, making it a handy addition to any terrarium. It gets its “Rabbit’s Foot” common name because of its unique white, fuzzy rhizomes that spill out onto the surface of the substrate. They’re even considered good luck! Native to Fiji, the Rabbit’s Foot Fern has become a very popular houseplant with its larger Davallia tyermanii variety, but D. fejeensis continues to be the better choice for most terrariums.
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Davallia fejeensis Care & Growth
Rabbit’s Foot Fern grows best under indirect bright light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it will easily scorch the leaves and turn those white, fluffy rhizomes brown.
If Davallia fejeensis is planted terrestrially in substrate, it’ll thrive with regular even moisture. This fern has very shallow roots, and takes most of it’s water and nutrients from the top soil and stores them within it’s rhizomes. If planted epiphytically, it may need extra misting occasionally.
A suitable substrate for Rabbit’s Foot Fern must be able to retain moisture well, as the shallow roots won’t reach far in search of it. It will happily grow on most surfaces including wood and rock, as long as there’s moisture to be found in the environment.
Temperature & Humidity
Davallia fejeensis requires a warm temperature and high humidity to thrive. Humidity is even more necessary if grown epiphytically, as it must take in all its moisture from the atmosphere.
Despite being a dwarf variety, given enough space and time Davallia fejeensis can still grow quite large under ideal conditions. Thankfully, it’s much more compact as a houseplant and even more so as a terrarium plant. Plus, it grows so slowly, you’ll have no problem keeping it in check.
To easily propagate Rabbit’s Foot Fern, simply divide the rhizomes in spring. For the best chance of success, allow a few inches of rhizome with one or two fronds still attached, and a clear sections of roots for each division.
Varieties & Similar Plants
Davallia tyermannii is the common houseplant variant of the Rabbit’s Foot Fern. It’s very similar in appearance but usually larger than D. fejeensis.
Yellowing leaves is usually a sign of Davallia fejeensis needing more moisture. Increase the humidity or the watering frequency to improve its condition.