The staghorn fern looks dead with no growth on the too 1/2 of the hanging basket. we thought it might have aphids so a week ago we sprayed it with malathian. Please help. It used to be so plentiful but now half dead.
Staghorn Fern Dying
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
What made you think you had aphids? Did you see a black sticky substance? Interestingly enough, staghorn ferns are prone to black spot, which is a fungal disease and is characterized by black spots on leaves which kinda looks similar to the black sooty mold caused by aphids. I have included a link to an article about black spot below so you can take a look and see what you think and take measures, if necessary. Barring that, I would review an article on our website on staghorn ferns (link below) and make sure you giving it the water, lighting and fertilizer that it requires.
Black spot information:
Aphid information - includes natural control methods:
For more information on the care of staghorn ferns, please visit the following link: