How you water a staghorn fern determines if the plant lives or dies! Check the center of a Staghorn Fern for moisture. When the top 50% of the soil at the center is dry, submerge the entire plant, pot, piece of bark, or basket in a sink of lukewarm water for 10-20 minutes. Green fronds fall off a staghorn fern from over-watering. Keep the soil dryer during the winter. You can also thoroughly mist ALL parts of the plant with a fine spray if you don’t want to try the soaking method.
Feed a staghorn fern monthly in spring and summer with a balanced fertilizer diluted to1/2 the recommended strength.
Temperature for a staghorn fern should be 65°-80°F (18.3°-26.7°C)
Staghorn ferns need plenty of humidity. Place a humidifier next to the plant if the air is too dry and the staghorn fern is not doing well.
Mealy Bugs and scale can be a problem for a staghorn fern. Read how to identify and treat mealybugs and scale in the glossary of the website.
The high humidity a staghorn fern needs to thrive attracts a plant disease called powdery mildew. Read how to identify and treat powdery mildew in the glossary of the website.
Orchid bark mixed with potting soil makes a good soil for a staghorn fern. These ferns can also be grown in sphagnum moss that is attached to a piece of wood or bark. The arrangement can then be hung on a wall.
Clay pots of soil and wire baskets filled with sphagnum moss are good ways to plant a staghorn fern. These plants look wonderful mounted to a wooden plank and hanging on the wall. Take your staghorn fern out of its container and cover the entire root ball with moist sphagnum moss. Use plastic covered wire to attach the plant and moss to the plank or board you want to use as a wall hanger.
A staghorn fern is propagated using the plantlets or offsets that develop at the base of the plant. Trying to propagate a staghorn fern by plant division will damage the roots. Read more about how to propagate a plant using offsets in the Glossary of the website.
POISONOUS PLANT INFO
A Staghorn Fern is non- poisonous plant and is not toxic to cats, dogs, or humans.