Staghorn Ferns
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Staghorn fern

Zone 40207 | Jamemday added on November 5, 2016 | Answered

Just moved from Sarasota, FL and brought back my huge fern. I have a place in the basement that I am going to hang it. What type of grow light do I need and how long should it be on? I live in Louisville, KY now. Please, any help would be appreciated. Best regards, James Day

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Alisma
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Answered on November 6, 2016

Staghorn ferns need a lot of light, so it is preferable to keep your fern near a window in your house rather than relying only on grow lights. If the basement is your only option, the more light you can give it, the better. CFL lights or LED lights are good options:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/what-are-grow-lights.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/fluorescent-lighting-for-indoor-gardening.htm

As for timing, you could light them for 12 hours on and 12 hours off, or any other combination, as long as they get at least 8 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness.

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