Staghorn Fern Care During Winter - Knowledgebase Question

Toms River, NJ
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Question by miriah
November 3, 1999
How do I care for a staghorn fern in a wire basket during the winter? It has been outside all summer.

Answer from NGA
November 3, 1999
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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