Houseplants forum→Soil recs for Rabbits Foot

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quinnboss
Oct 24, 2021 5:40 PM CST
Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum and decided to make an account to have the best shot at keeping my rabbits foot fern alive (its my third attempt at one). It came in a 6in pot from trader joes. The rhizomes were pressing up against the decorative pot which is just a little taller than the nursing pot its planted in. I have since taken it out of the decorative pot and put it in a shallow and wider decorative pot, but it is still within the nursing pot. Since it seems to be outgrowing the nursing pot, I want to fully plant it into the decorative pot it is sitting in right now. Unfortunately, it does not have a drainage hole, but I was thinking of just potting it in sphagnum moss so I can just pour out excess water. Does anyone have experience using just sphagnum moss as a substrate for these ferns and/or know if I should just get a size up nursing pot for it to then put in the decorative pot instead? I love these ferns, but have had bad luck in the past, so hoping to do it right this time as it seems to be liking the lighting of its current placement. Thanks!
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 24, 2021 7:55 PM CST
Welcome!

Rabbit Foot's Fern Phlebodium aureum? They are epiphytic so should be growing on the side of a tree where they get plenty of rain but dry out quickly. I doubt a bowl of moss would dry out quickly enough. I would use a pot with drainage and a potting mix with some soil and a lot of bark.
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quinnboss
Oct 24, 2021 10:14 PM CST
The one I have is Davallia fejeensis I believe
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 24, 2021 10:35 PM CST
Its also epiphytic. Mine was originally in soil of some sort but the "feet" have completely covered the pot making it impossible to repot. I imagine there's no soil down there at all. I still don't think moss in a closed container will work. The moss would provide the needed moisture but might also sufficate roots that need a lot of air.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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