How to Care for a Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern

The Staghorn Fern is a stunning epiphyte, which grows on other plants or trees. Its name reflects its unique shape, which resembles the antlers of a stag, or male deer. It absorbs water and nutrients through its “antler” fronds. Native to tropical and temperate regions including Australia, Staghorn Fern typically grows under the canopies of trees which provide light shade.

Here’s how to care for your Staghorn Fern.

Staghorn Fern

Light

Place your Staghorn Fern in an area where it will receive plenty of bright indirect light. Keep plant out of direct sun, which can burn the leaves.

Water

The Staghorn Fern absorbs water and nutrients through their “antler” fronds. Water your Staghorn Fern once every 7 to 10 days during the warmer months, and once every 2 to 3 weeks in the cooler months. Run water over your Staghorn Fern in a sink, and allow the water to drain through. You can also soak the entire plant in a sink for a few minutes, and allow it to drip dry before hanging up again. Your Staghorn Fern will also enjoy regular misting.

Temperature & Humidity

The Staghorn Fern will tolerate cool to warm temperatures and average humidity. If the air is dry, especially in an air-conditioned environment, mist your plant regularly to increase humidity.

Maintenance

Fertilise your Staghorn Fern monthly during the growing season (spring and summer) with a liquid fertiliser.