She absorbs a lot of moisture from the air. Give her a helping hand by misting her daily.
She likes more light than most ferns. She’ll be very happy somewhere bright but out of direct sun.
You can let her soil almost entirely dry out between drinks. She won’t like to sit in very soggy soil.
Because hard leaves cover her roots the best way to water her is to submerge her pot in water for 10 minutes, then let the excess drain off.
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About staghorn fern
If you’re after something a bit unusual, the staghorn fern is for you. It’s a little bit more work than most houseplants, but it’s worth the effort.
The reason the staghorn fern is a tiny bit more challenging to look after is because of the strange way it grows. In the wild, it grows on the trunks of large trees. It has huge, long green leaves, shaped like stag’s horns, but down near the roots are hard, brown leaves, which protect the roots. Although the roots need no protection when it’s grown in your home, it still has these hard leaves. If you tried to water it like a normal houseplant most of the water would bounce straight off those leaves.
The best way to water it is to submerge its nursery pot in water, let it soak for 10 minutes, then let the excess drain off. You only need to do this every few weeks. Don’t be tempted to remove the brown leaves as this will harm your plant.
It absorbs a lot of water through its leaves, so regular misting will help keep it healthy and free of dry edges. It’s not at all complicated once you get the hang of it, but we’d recommend this one for plant parents with a little experience.
Did you know?
The leaves of wild staghorn ferns can grow over a metre long.