Deersfoot fern

Davallia - the deersfoot fern - is a genus of about 40 species of ferns in the family Davalliaceae. They are epiphytic ferns, with fronds arising from long aerial rhizomes - somewhat resembling a deer's foot, or a hare's - which grow on and over trees or rock crevices.
Common name : Deersfoot fern
Scientific name : Davallia
Family : Davalliaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Large pot
Large pot
A cute-looking fern, and a popular houseplant!


Water needs
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Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 12a
Height 20 - 100
pH 5.9 - 7

Plant my deersfoot fern

Plant in a light substrate, avoiding peat in excess, which doesn't moisten well enough. A mix of sphagnum, porous gravel, bark and potting soil will work well. Where to place it? It needs light but no direct sun, also avoiding drafts. Beware of very dry or very wet areas.

Water my deersfoot fern

This is the most complicated part of indoor fern maintenance. The leaves can dry completely if the plant is too little watered as well as if it is too much. Beware, the drying of the ends is rather an index of too dry air. If the the leaves of the ferns seem to wither and the clod is wet, do not water, let it dry. Attention, use preferably a water at room temperature, these ferns are real chilly.

Repot my deersfoot fern

The operation is as important as delicate, and its aim is to renew the substrate of the plant. In late winter, find a pot 2 cm larger than the previous one, and add a mixture of sphagnum, porous gravel, bark and potting soil.

Check on my deersfoot fern

Leaves that dry or change color are a sign of bad watering. If the root ball is wet, then it means you water too much, if it is dry, it is that you do not water enough. Simple, no?

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