The Q&A Archives: Staghorn Fern

Question: How do you feed staghorn ferns bananas? Why? How often?

Answer: Staghorn ferns (Platycerium bifurcatum) can grow sterile fronds that are three feet long and up to a foot across. The fertile fronds are even larger. The fronds accumulate organic matter which feeds the plant. By giving your plant banana, you're providing the organic matter it needs to thrive. Just mash up some of the banana and place it in a depression on top of one of the fertile fronds. It doesn't take much - and you can wait until it's all gone before putting more mashed banana on the frond. Most Staghorns are grown on slabs of bark or in hanging baskets. They like their soil on the dry side and appreciate bright light indoors or afternoon shade outdoors. They are tender plants and should be kept outdoors only during the summer months

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