RaDavallia fejeensis/ Rabbit's paw fern - Knowledgebase Question

Lake Worth, Fl
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Question by katymae2001
November 9, 2009
I have a rabbit's paw fern that was very thick but in a very small pot. About two months ago I transplanted it into a larger pot. Recently the fronds have been falling out and it is only half the size I started with? Could this be shock? Am I over watering? I realy love this plant and am afraid I have done it harm by transplanting. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
November 9, 2009
The main attractions with Davallia are the fuzzy looking rhizomes that hang over the sides of the pot. As long as these rhizomes are not buried in the soil, repotting shouldn't cause problems. They like moist but not soggy wet soil and they love humidity. To increase humidity around the plant, place the pot on a tray with pebbles or gravel in the bottom to hold water and increase the humidity. Make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. This plant sometimes goes dormant in the autumn until the spring. If this plant is new to you, it may actually be going into dormancy rather than showing some stress from the growing conditions or the care you're providing. I'd cut back on watering just a bit and let the plant rest. I'm sure it's fine and after it has rested it should perk up and begin to grow again. Best wishes with your fern!

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