The Q&A Archives: Staghorn Fern Care During Winter

Question: How do I care for a staghorn fern in a wire basket during the winter? It has been outside all summer.

Answer: It's time to bring your staghorn indoors where it can enjoy the warmth. 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. 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. Continued good health to your Staghorn!

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