Top Questions About Staghorn Ferns

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Questions About Staghorn Ferns

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 6, 2011

Q. Staghorn Fern

How do I get babies from a staghorn fern? I have had two growing in a birdbath for 3 years. They are very big and expand to about 7. 5 to 8 feet across. I need to make them a little more managable.

Answered by
CaptainAng on
February 11, 2011
A.

I have never propagated a Staghorn fern myself but I found a web page that I think you will find very helpful!
Try this~
https://www.gardenguides.com/101469-propagate-staghorn-fern.html

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Asked by
Anonymous on
January 24, 2014

Q. Staghorn

Recently I have just moved and when we got to our destination, we discovered that our massive staghorn was a wilted, dead mess. I just want to know will she grow back? She is almost 25 years old.

Answered by
Nikki on
January 24, 2014
Certified Expert
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You may need to cut back the dead looking growth to encourage new growth and give it plenty of water to revive the plant. It may benefit from a dose of fertilizer (half strength) as well. Hopefully this will be enough to perk it back up. If it's produced any pups, you may want to start another plant just in case. Here is more information on its care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/staghorn-fern/staghorn-fern-information.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 26, 2014

Q. What is the Coldest Temperature Stag Can Survive

What is the coldest temperature my 35-year-old stag can take without harm?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 26, 2014
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Asked by
TerryInLeesburg on
March 16, 2015
6, Leesburg VA

Q. My epiphyte is not doing well

We have had this for about 4 years now. We water it (mist) a number of times a week, have tried using fertilized water (an not fertilized), does not seem to make much difference.

It is in our sun-room, where it gets lots (8+hours) of indirect sunlight. Not sure what to do for it…

Answered by
shelley on
March 16, 2015
Certified Expert
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What kind of epiphyte is this? Since you have switched up your watering and fertilizing habits without success, I would suggest you consider a change of venue for the plant. I would try moving the plant in moderate light in the bathroom where it can get water from shower steam and see if it perks up.

For more information on the care of epiphytes, please visit the following link:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/epiphytes/adaptations-of-epiphytes.htm

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Asked by
darmstr312 on
May 9, 2015
florida

Q. do ants harm staghorn ferns

Large bull ants have infested my staghorn. It hangs from an oak tree in the shade.

Answered by
shelley on
May 9, 2015
Certified Expert
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Generally speaking, ants by themselves aren't a serious problem. However, the presence of ants could signify a more serious insect problem such as honeydew-producing aphids, mealy bugs or scale. Ants and aphids, in particular, have a symbiotic relationship (ants protect aphids in return for honeydew) so the longer the ants reside in your fern the more chance you have of attracting aphids. I would try hosing down the staghorn fern with a strong blast of water to wash the ants out and relocate the fern to another ant-free tree.

For more information on the care of staghorn ferns, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/staghorn-fern/staghorn-fern-information.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 25, 2015

Q. Staghorn Ferns

We have grown staghorn and elkhorn ferns from spores collected from our plants in the nursery. They are in cocofiber in small 2″ pots. They look beautiful. Very lovely. They do not get a cluster of roots fast enough. We have grown them in the house in artificial light for 2 years now. They wilt very fast if the medium gets dry. Tell us where we are going wrong and what is the correct method of watering. They are in thermocol boxes the size of seedling trays and covered lightly by plastic sheet that have few holes. Please advise.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 27, 2015
Certified Expert
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Here is a link to help you with the correct care for your ferns.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/staghorn-fern/staghorn-fern-information.htm

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Asked by
Lauralee on
June 4, 2015
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Q. staghorn fern

A recently purchased fern has white “dust” on the leaves. It does not appear to be aphids or white fly. I have washed it off but it returns. Is this normal? If not, can I use horticultural oil on the fern?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 5, 2015
Certified Expert
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The white coating is actually hair and serves to protect the plant by helping it retain moisture.
Do not spray the plant with horticulture oil or wash off this protective service.
The white dusty appearance is normal.
Here is a link with great information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/staghorn-fern/staghorn-fern-information.htm

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