Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rabbit's Foot Fern - Davillia Fyeensis Fern

My Rabbit's Foot Fern was huge. I brought it in about 2 weeks ago with all the other house plants. I knew it was heavy because the thing is so big but I didn't realize that I couldn't safely lift it in and out of the tub when wet. So I decided while it is still warm (84F) I would break it apart and make a smaller piece to bring inside. 
I really hated to break up this gorgeous plant. It has been in this short wide pot for years. The pot itself is perfect for the plant as the roots don't go deep. The sweet 'rabbit's feet' that cling to the pot as it grows and matures didn't want to let go. I had to have my DB help me worry it out of the pot. It is times like this that I wish I had a green house to over winter my favorite plants . 
I took a big chunk back into the house and made four small pots full to give to others. My neighbor accepted a pot. She sent her Granddaughter over to pick it up. She is 7 years old, she said she thought it looked like a "spider in a pot". ha... It must have been her Halloween hangover talking. I still had a big hunk I had to put into the compost pile.  
Have you had to downsize any of your plants before bringing them in for the winter?

11 comments:

  1. Been there! I agree that it would be so nice to have a greenhouse. I am so jealous of some of the garden bloggers who have the ability to overwinter plants like this so they can let them really attain some size.

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  2. Fascinating plant and sad you had to 'break it up' ~ but found good homes for it ~

    lovely photos ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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  3. I love the name of this plant and its cute roots. I know what you mean about limited options for overwintering. I bring some of them inside the sunroom for the winter, but it's also a room we use so I don't want to overdo it. It would be nice to have a greenhouse!

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  4. Hello again, Lisa, gosh that was a huge fern! I can imagine the weight of the pot. I’ve grown a few ferns over the years but never one with those rabbit foot roots. They look great. I can imagine how sad you were about cutting it up but each plant will be invigorated into new grow come spring and it will be great to see them develop. Having a greenhouse does help but taking your plants indoors makes lets you appreciate them all year too :-)

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  5. OK, I must admit I have never seen this plant in person. I've heard of them! Crazy looking!

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  6. Wow that fern is....er, was... HUGE!!

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  7. Impressive plant! We are death to house plants in our home.

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  8. Hey there Lisa girl !
    Wish I lived close by so I could have some of this fern .. it is beautiful !
    That snow we had disappeared quickly and we are having warmer weather for a little longer .. one more batch of bulbs to plant and a bit of garden clean up if I can manage it .. then let the snow fly !! haha
    I love your header shot .. too cute !

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  9. Thanks for commenting on my blog ~

    Wishing you a lovely week ~ ^_^

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  10. Wow, that was one huge fern! I repotted some plants on Sunday, but they're still waiting outside as I try to figure out where to keep them all this winter. I wish I had a greenhouse, too; I guess I just have to wait till youngest daughter moves out again to reclaim her sunny bedroom for my plant room:)

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  11. Gosh Lisa, that is one big fern. I have never heard of this plant, it is very unusual.
    I do not like splitting plants but sometimes you just have to !
    Job well done :)

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