These unique ferns are epiphytes and in their natural setting they grow on trees. Young Staghorns are fine in a pot growing upwards, but as it matures it’s really wonderful to mount it to a board or other structure and let it grow outward as a beautiful wall decoration.
Staghorns will thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Some direct morning light will be ok, but keep it out of intense direct sun.
Water thoroughly when the potting mix (or if mounted, the sphagnum moss) gets dry. If mounted, place the entire structure in a sink or tub and pour water over the moss until saturated or you can allow it to soak.
Staghorns are sensitive to being watered too frequently.
Fertilize once in spring and once during the summer with an all-purpose organic indoor fertilizer or use a liquid fertilizer each time you water spring through summer.
Watch for the neat shield frond to grow in a round shape to protect the roots. They start out green and then turn brown. Do not remove the shield frond even when it turns brown.
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