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The beautiful rabbit's foot fern is very adaptable to home culture. The lacy green foliage makes a spectacular display whether cascading down from a hanging basket or standing erect in a smaller free-standing pot.

A very interesting feature of this plant is the furry creeping rhizomes from which the plant takes its name. These rhizomes will creep on top of the soil and down around the pot sprouting new fronds here and there making this fern quite unique.

LIGHT: This plant is quite hardy and will tolerate both light or shade but prefers filtered sun in the summer and full sun in the winter.

WATER: Keep the soil moist but not soggy. They may be allowed to dry down but never to dry out completely.

TEMPERATURE: Moderate to higher humidity (50%) and normal home temperatures (70-80 degrees daytime, 55-60 degrees night time) are perfect.

Fertilize at one-half strength with water soluble house plant fertilizer during the spring and summer.

The rabbit foot fern is relatively slow-growing and needs repotting only every few years.

These are often available in 4" and 6" pots and 6" or 8" hanging baskets. At certain times of the year, you may also find them in hanging wooden crates.