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How to grow and care for staghorn fern

Written by Maggie

Apr 01 2021

How to grow and care for staghorn fern

Staghorn fern is beautiful but not easy to grow. Only by mastering the correct growing methods can it be full of green and fully display its value. So how to grow and care for Staghorn Fern? Let's learn together.

Moisture care for growing staghorn fern

Staghorn fern is a shade and moisture loving plant. When we grow and care for staghorn fern, water it frequently, especially in the vigorous spring and in the drier summer. Summer should try to avoid watering at noon, because the weather is hot, at noon, plants will open the stomata for air, watering at this time, will damage the stomata of plants, is not conducive to the growth of plants.In the growth is not very exuberant winter can be appropriate to water a little less.

Temperature for growing staghorn fern

Staghorn says fern growth of optimum temperature is between 18 to 30 degrees Celsius, but not high temperature resistant to cold. Therefore, when we grow and care for staghorn fern, it should be placed in a cool place in summer, such as indoor, the balcony of shade, etc., and when it's winter in a warm place, best can take some protective measures, such as heat preservation processing, basin soil covering straw or sawdust, etc.

Light care for growing staghorn fern

Proper illumination can make green plants grow more exuberantly. However, if the Staghorn Fern is exposed to strong light for a long time, it will not grow more exuberantly, but may die. Therefore, when we grow and care for staghorn fern, it should be shaded properly in summer, and properly held out to bask in the sun when it is sunny in winter.

Fertilizer care for growing staghorn fern

Fertilizing your staghorn fern will promote lively growth, especially in youthful plants

Feed your staghorn fern month-to-month for the duration of intervals of lively growth (spring and summer). When we grow and care for staghorn fern, use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer (ratio of 1:1:1). During durations of dormancy (fall and winter), limit fertilizing to each different month.

Some human beings propose feeding your staghorn fern by way of slipping a piece of Banana peel below the guard frond. We’ve in no way tried this method, however would love to hear from you if you’ve had success!

Mature staghorn Ferns can live on with a twice-yearly feeding.

Remounting care for growing staghorn fern

Our burlap-wrapped staghorn ferns are meant as everlasting installations, and we don’t advocate re-mounting your staghorn fern. Since the plant is epiphytic, the root area on the authentic board will be sufficient.

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Common staghorn fern problems

Staghorn Ferns may be prone to a few issues common to many ferns and indoor foliage plants. 

Overwatering

Since the Staghorn Fern is an epiphyte that naturally grows along tree trunks in the tropics, its roots are smaller than you might expect and are easily overwatered. This can lead to root rot and harm your plant. Keep an eye out for brown or black spots at the base of the antler fronds, which indicate overwatering. If you catch signs of overwatering, reduce the frequency of watering and allow the soil to dry while you watch for recovery and improved health.

Overwatering can also lead to fungal infections that appear as black spots on your Staghorn’s fronds. Remove affected leaves and allow your Staghorn Fern’s soil to dry before rewatering.

Underwatering

In warmer or sunnier environments, Staghorn Ferns typically need a little more water, and underwatering is a risk. Watch for brown spots at the tips of your fronds or wilting leaves, both of which indicate that your Staghorn is not receiving enough water. Increase humidity by misting and running a humidifier, and water more frequently to compensate.

Overhandling

While the Staghorn Fern is safe and non-toxic people and animals, the fuzzy leaf coating can be damaged by too much handling. Snuggling the Staghorn is discouraged.

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