Staghorn fern - Knowledgebase Question

La Verne, Ca
Question by rlevoydvm
February 20, 2009
What is the best way to water and fertilize a mounted staghorn fern? Should I avoid wetting the leaves? If so, why?


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Answer from NGA
February 20, 2009

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Feed you stag with organic food such as fish emulsion fertilizer or half strength dilution of liquid fertilizer such as Miracle Gro. Another good trick is to place a banana peel (peel only) behind the stag...between the stag and the board. They like the potassium. Most people over water their stags. Water about once a week and soak the moss to do so. The water will pour through quickly so you'll have to apply a lot of water to get a little wetness in the moss...if you have let it dry out too much. If you keep the moss moderately moist, this will not be a problem. Best wishes with your staghorn fern!

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