Staghorn and Elkhorn Ferns: Staghorn Ferns

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Staghorn and Elkhorn Ferns

By drdawg
December 29, 2014

Decades ago, most growers and sellers of Staghorn Ferns were as likely to call them Elkhorn Ferns as they would Staghorn Ferns. Those two terms are not quite as likely to be used (on labels) for the same plant today, but the confusion still exists. I think the majority of people still believe that Staghorns and Elkhorns are the same plant. Staghorn Ferns are epiphytic plants and Elkhorn Ferns are terrestrial plants. Though they are of the same family of plants (Polypody), they are different genera and really are nothing alike.

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Jul 1, 2016 9:34 AM CST
Good Morning! I'm very new here and haven't learned how to use this web site. I have a few Staghorns and I love them. They have to grow in doors as my temps are very cool. How much light do they need? I have them in an area that doesn't get much light and they seem to be ok. I'm thinking more light would bring more growth, but I don't want to burn them.
thanks for your help. Karen
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)

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Jul 1, 2016 9:37 AM CST
Welcome! Karen. Before you do anything else, please go back to your "Profile" and update your public profile by inserting your city and state. Knowing your location is everything when offering advice about growing your stags.
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