How to Grow a Rabbit's Foot Fern

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The rabbit's foot fern is great for growing in the house, and it requires a warm, wet climate. Find out why rabbit's foot ferns should be grown in hanging baskets with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening tips. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow the rabbit's foot fern. It's a beautiful fern to grow in your house. Now, rabbit's foot fern is found naturally in Fiji. They grow out of the trees in the dense tropical forest. So they like really warm, wet climates, and they do really well as a houseplant, but you have to follow a few rules. Now, they're called rabbit's foot fern because they grow best in a hanging basket and the little feet, or roots, will come out and they look just like little rabbits' feet. They're very furry and really cute. And you can turn around and actually start those roots in another container if you want to start new plants. Or it's best just to leave them on the outside of the pot. They don't really want to be covered up too much. They like the air. They grow out of the trees in Fiji. So they're easy to grow in the house, but you've got to keep them moist. You cannot let them dry out too much. And it's easy just to throw them in the shower once every one or two weeks. Get them really moist. Make sure they're not standing in water at the same time because they never want to stand in water, but they never want to dry out completely. And you want to give them sunlight, but not hot, hot sun. So if you've got a really sunny window where it's really hot coming through, that's not a good choice. Keep them somewhere where they get some filtered light -- some light -- but not really that hot, intense light that'll cook them because they do really well in the forest that they'll do great as a houseplant, as long as they have enough moisture and some filtered light. And they will grow quickly, so they'll fill up a container and the roots will come out. And over the years, the container will get root-bound, and you'll notice they won't do as well as they did the year before. At that time, dig them up and divide them and just put the roots right...or the little rabbit's feet right into soil and you'll have a new plant. They're really easy to grow, and such a beautiful plant.