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Rabbit's Foot Fern Plant Care

By Stan DeFreitas ; Updated September 21, 2017

Rabbit's foot fern plants are beautiful plants to grow in your garden or home. Learn all about rabbit's foot fern plant care with gardening tips from a horticulturist in this free gardening video.


Hi, I'm Stan De Freitas, Mr. Green Thumb, for On Gardening. One of the plants that I think is really kind of a novelty, and a very attractive little plant; actually gets to be a nice plant for baskets, use in hanging baskets, or just in containers, is the Rabbit Foot Fern. As you can see, it got its name because the little roots that come over the side look like little rabbit paws. Isn't that attractive? It's cute, it's a novelty, it's a plant that many people want to have, especially in partial shade, and it's a pretty tough plant. I've had some that I grew for probably thirty years, and I didn't do much to them. Occasionally, I'd throw a little protective cover over them during the below freezing type temperatures, but most of the time, I'd just give them a little bit of water soluble, put them in an area where they were happy, which means partial shade, and it's one of those plants that will grow, and doesn't die out very easy. So mark this down for one of your plants that you can grow, and you can hardly kill. The Rabbit's Foot Fern is an easy plant to have, easy to grow, and simply, one you're going to have good results with. For On Gardening, I'm Stan De Freitas, Mr. Green Thumb.


About the Author


Stan DeFreitas, also known as "Mr. Green Thumb", has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. "Mr. Green Thumb" has spread gardening know-how on radio, TV and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune. DeFreitas is the number one gardening advisor in the state of Florida, was the first to establish a "community garden" in Pinellas County, and helped start the first Master Garden Program in Pinellas County. DeFreitas was also twice Jaycees Horticulture "Man of the Year", was awarded the landscape design award from the city of St. Petersburg Beach, and was the host of the highest rated garden show on local PBS.