Ferns forum: Limp Staghorn

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Name: seaecho
Phelan, Ca. (Zone 8b)
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seaecho
May 22, 2015 7:20 PM CST
I have a P. veitchii 'Lemoinei' that I ordered online. It looked great when I got it. I kept it in bright light but out of sun for about a week or a little more, then started adding sun. It was in direct sun for a couple of hours for a few days, and I noticed today that it's "softer" feeling, and a bit limp, although it's not drooping YET. It's definitely not firm like it was when I got it. It felt dry several days after I got it, and I watered it. When I just now saw it's limpness now, I watered it again. Soil felt dry. It's in a 4" pot. Do you think it got too much sun, too soon? They prefer more sun than other staghorns, or so I've read. They also like more arid conditions, which I have. I have blocked the sun on it for now, until I hear something from you guys. Thank you.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
May 25, 2015 6:48 AM CST
I did not see your message until now. I grow hundreds of staghorns including the 'Lemoinei'. Though I love for my stags to get a couple of hours of early morning or late afternoon sun, I don't give any of my stags sun from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. The vast majority of staghorns grow in trees and the canopy of leaves protect them from direct sun. I would suggest you grow it the same as I do. I also suggest you mount that plant and grow it as it does in nature. Once your staghorn has recovered and is fully established, you can gradually increase the amount of sunlight. But since you don't state where you live, I really don't know just how much sun you can acclimate it to.
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Name: seaecho
Phelan, Ca. (Zone 8b)
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seaecho
May 30, 2015 12:24 AM CST
Thank you for the response! It's not limp anymore, as I cut its light down to only dappled sunlight for a couple hours a day. It seems to be happy with that. I know the Lemoinei can tolerate more sun than some other stags, likes lower humidity, and I like the fact that it stays pretty small compared to the others. I live in the S. California High Desert, so when the sun comes through the window, it's BRIGHT and HOT! I think I saved it though, as only one leaf was lost. Thank you again!
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
May 30, 2015 5:53 AM CST
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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Plantsmylove
Aug 17, 2015 10:21 AM CST
Drdawgs right i think you gave it too much light.

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