Staghorn Fern

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Staghorn ferns are stunning and increasingly popular house plants that are native to the rain forests of Australia.  Like air plants, staghorn ferns are tropical epiphytes, meaning that in nature they grow on the sides of tree trunks, rocks and walls.  Being mindful of their natural habitat, our beautiful ferns are mounted on boards.  For optimum plant health, please follow instructions below.

Water Requirements

Watering a Staghorn Fern consist of 2 processes; misting and soaking.

Misting

Staghorn ferns like humidity.  Mist your fern weekly or so with a fine mister.  Be sure to mist the entire plant, including the undersides.

Soaking

  • When the top half of the fern ball is dry and/or the leaves wilt slightly it is time to water your fern. This will be about every 1 to 2 weeks.
  • Remove the plant/plaque and soak for 10-20 minutes in a bucket/sink of room temperature water. In the fall and winter you will water your fern less often.
  • Alternately, place the plant/plaque in a sink or bathtub tap, and allow room-temperature water to run through the root ball until it is saturated.
  • Allow fern to drip dry before re-hanging

Light Requirements

Staghorn ferns need bright, indirect or diffused light to thrive; however, they must be protected from the harsh rays of the direct sun. Place your staghorn fern in the brightest space where the plant will not take direct sun. Rooms with Southern and Eastern exposures tend to be best, though unobstructed North windows will work fine as well. Western light is fine, but be careful that the light is filter, as afternoon exposure tends to be hot and harsh

Temperature

Staghorn ferns do well in temperatures between 50-80 degrees.  They can be placed outdoors when temperatures stay within this range.  However, be careful to keep staghorns out of direct sun.  Bring your staghorn fern back inside when temperatures get chilly at night.

Fertilizer 

Fertilizing your staghorn fern will promote vigorous growth.  If growth is desired, feed fern monthly in spring and summer with a water soluble (1:1:1) fertilizer.  In fall and winter reduce fertilizing to every other month.

Other important information 

Do not remove brown or white fuzz on your ferns leaves (antler fronds).

  • The ‘brown fuzz’ (spores) are necessary for reproduction; while the white fuzz (stellate) conserve moisture for the fern.

 

  • Never remove the dry, brown, round/plate-like leaf (shield frond) at the base of the plant. It is not a dead leaf.  It is an essential part of the fern that collects water and nutrients.