Davalia mariesii, fern that can be epiphytic or live on land

Davalia mariesii  also known as Rabbit’s Foot, Davalia, or Rabbit’s Foot Fern . It belongs to the Davalliaceae family, of the Davalia genus, which is made up of 40 species of ferns. It is native to tropical Asia, Korea, and Japan.

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Characteristics of the Davalia mariesii

A creeping fern with rhizomatous and scaly roots that can be epiphytes, or live on land. It usually reaches a height of 50 cm.

The fronds are triangular in shape, light, divided, stiff and bright green in color, but occasionally slightly tanned.

The rhizomes are long, thick, similar to rabbit feet.

It does not produce a flower. The seeds are monolet, oblong-reniform, rough and hyaline spores.

Davalia mariesii care

It is a species that is used as a houseplant. Ideal with a hanging plant, although it can also thrive in a garden, located in the shade of tall plants.

It needs to be in semi-shade or in a bright place where it does not receive the sun’s rays directly.

The temperature should not drop below 10 ° C.

The soil should be compact and well drained.

Watering sparingly in the spring and summer. Although it would be necessary to spray often and the rest of the year water less.

Transplantation can be done every 2 years in early spring.

The ideal way for irrigation is when the soil is dry, immerse the pot in water and drain very well.

Pruning is convenient to do to remove dry or dead fronds and thus allow the development of the plant.

Composting should be done every 25 days with a liquid fertilizer in the spring and summer.

The main danger for this species is the lack of water, which causes the leaves to fall off and turn gray.

As for frequent pests and diseases, it can be susceptible to attack by whiteflies and thrips.

It multiplies by dividing the rhizomes. To do this, a 10 cm piece is cut with buds and roots to be able to root in peat.

What do you think of this issue? Without a doubt, it is a fern that could give that touch of elegance to the place where it is placed.

Images courtesy of: Gergely Hideg ,

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