Rabbit foot fern not happy – House Plant Journal

Rabbit foot fern not happy

Plant: Davallia fejeensis (Rabbit foot fern)

How long have you had the plant? 1 to 6 months


New fronds appearing but ends look frazzled.

Half the older fronds fell out as well.  It started a few weeks ago when there was an aphid problem but has continued.

Light Situation:

How do you determine WHEN to water? I wait for the soil to become slightly dry.

Describe HOW you water: I fully soak the soil, letting excess drain away. Sometimes, I just pour a small amount of water.

Soil situation:

Darryl’s Analysis

The Davallia fejeensis is one of my absolute favorite plants – long-lived, grows well, low rate of leaf turnover, and I love the crawling rhizomes.

Here’s mine 3 years apart:

Your plant is still in pretty good shape but it is not getting enough light from that distance from that size window.  If I were to measure the light from that spot, it’s probably 50-100 FC most of the day except for that 1 hour of direct sun you mentioned.  My plant grew the way I’ve shown you from having indirect light in the 200-400 FC range most of the day – which means closer to the window or using grow lights.  Improve the light and the plant will grow better with all the other care things you’re already doing well.

Learn my light-first approach to plant care and you’ll be less worried and more satisfied with plants – learn from my course.

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