Staghorn Ferns are named for their fronds which resemble an antler shape. They have two kinds of fronds- their Antler Fronds and their Shield Fronds, both with different functions and purposes. Their Antler Fronds on the taller leaves from which they get their names. Often times, the Antler Fronds will have velvety spores on the leaves- do not touch or remove these spores as it's necessary for the health of the plant. The Shield Frond protects the fern's roots, absorb nutrients, and is used in reproduction. The Sheild Frond will harden and brown over time and that is a completely normal part of the plant's life cycle. If you're looking to add a dramatic and eye-catching plant to your jungalow, a Staghorn Fern is the plant for you!
Size: This plant is in a 4'' pot and from the bottom of the pot to the top of the plant measures 7''-12''
Light: Native to the tropics, Staghorn Ferns need to be in bright, indirect light. Never full shade or full, direct sun.
Water: Watering is completely dependent on light, heat, and humidity- the environment of your home is unique and thus, your watering schedule will be dependent on this! If you're giving your Staghorn Fern some excess humidity, it will need less water. Staghorn Ferns absorb humidity through both their roots and their fronds, or leaves. If your fern is in a pot, we suggest watering it roughly once per week (depending on your own home's environment) by watering throughly and letting the excess water drain out. If your plant is mounted, you can either dunk it to water it or mist it excessively to saturate the plant. Large, mature Staghorn Ferns should be mounted or hung, only, and never enclosed in a pot since they're Epiphytes.
Humidity: Staghorn Ferns love extra humidity and benefit from both being misted and/or the use of a Humidifier. If you have a well-lit bathroom with natural light, a staghorn fern would love to be there!
Temperature: Fairly cold-hardy, these plants do well common indoor home temperatures of 55-80 F.
Soil: High-draining potting soil or orchid bark mixed with potting soil if mounted.
Fertilizing: Staghorn Ferns should be fertilized monthly during periods of active growth (Spring & Summer) using a balanced (1:1:1 ratio) fertilizer. We do not recommend fertilizing through the Winter.
Flower: No flower. They reproduce through microscopic spores.
Toxicity: Non-toxic to dogs and cats but as always, we recommend keeping your plant friends away from your fur pals and young children.