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murmaid
Jan 30, 2015 12:13 PM CST
will miracle gro plant food hurt staghorns ?
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Dutchlady1
Jan 30, 2015 12:53 PM CST
It won't but it's not something they specifically need.
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drdawg
Jan 30, 2015 4:15 PM CST
Welcome, murmaid.

Staghorn ferns are epiphytic plants, and though I will sometimes use Miracle-Gro (diluted at 1/4 the recommended rate in the cool/cold months and at 1/2 the rate in the warm/hot months), I typically use my "Orchid" fertilizer on them. Since Staghorns don't flower (they propagate via spores), I use a balanced orchid fertilizer, 20-20-20. I fertilize my tropical plants all year long and since I am mostly using orchid fertilizers, I dilute my fertilizer at 1/2 the recommended rate (usually that means 1/2 tsp. per gallon). I spray the leaves with this diluted fertilizer way more than I actually "water" the plant.

Is/are your staghorn mounted, growing in a pot(s), or in a basket(s)? What is your watering/fertilization schedule?

Any big-box store will have orchid fertilizer.
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murmaid
Jan 30, 2015 4:38 PM CST
Thank you for your help and advice.

I have two staghorns hanging in an oak : one is large. the other huge -I am also trying to grow a ring of staghorns around the oak. I travel north in the summer { staghorns are in Gulfport FL} and would appreciate your insights and advice regarding a recommended watering and feeding schedule.
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drdawg
Jan 30, 2015 5:12 PM CST
Other than a handful of rarer staghorns, I grow staghorns to sell, so what I do is not what you would do. Though I am simply a hobbyist grower, I do have a lot of tropical plants, 500+ orchids and 300+ other tropical plants. Having that many plants to deal with forces me to water/fertilizer almost every single day.

Oddly enough, just like you, during the warm months (March/April through October), practically all my plants are under large oaks and cedar trees, staghorns included. When I give lectures, I tell folks that the smaller the staghorn, they more attention it will need. As you well know, once a staghorn gets up in size, those layers-upon-layers of basal fronds tend to function as a sponge, holding water/fertilizer for many days. The small ones don't have any basal fronds to speak of, and thus, more frequent watering/fertilization is necessary. When my plants are outside, and the highs are less than 90 F, I just hose all my plants down every 2-3 days. If the weather is really hot, 90 F or higher, they would get hosed down every 1-2 days. Again, since I am fertilizing a lot, I will fertilize those staghorns every 1-2 weeks. I am using a hose-end applicator and my fertilizer rate would be between 1/4 and 1/2 tsp. per gallon.

Do you take the staghorns north with you in the summer or does someone care for them?
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murmaid
Jan 30, 2015 5:33 PM CST
Ferns are way too big to travel-tho Id love to have their company .
Your recommendations will assuredly be appreciated once I start!
DO you do desert roses?
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drdawg
Jan 30, 2015 8:57 PM CST
I'm sorry, I do not. Please take a look at [url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]www.tropicalplantsandmore.com[/url], and you will see who I am and what I grow and sell.

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orchidgal
Feb 5, 2015 10:26 PM CST
I grow Desert Roses; and some of them have become very leggy. I've to set aside some time and give them a pruning, salvaging the cut stalks and try to grow them in other pots, It's going to be a chore which I can't tackle until next week some time.


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murmaid
Feb 6, 2015 7:41 AM CST
I am in Gulfport FL.If you have any Yellow cuttings would you be willing to sell me some?

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