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May 6, 2020 4:03 PM CST
Name: Sol
Mexico City
Hello, fellow ferners, we just received an old Staghorn. It is big and it is old. I never had one of these. I was wondering if we should remove some of the old leaves from the back before mounting it.
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These are photos of the back, taken from the side, as it is too heavy for me to move an shoot it properly.

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Thank you for any tips on how to care properly for such a wonder!
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May 6, 2020 5:32 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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The old dead leaves are serving a purpose, they are protecting the roots of the plant. Hopefully you can hang it outside in the shade of a tree. Then, squirt it with the hose a couple times a week and get it nice and wet all the way to the middle.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

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Jul 25, 2020 10:58 AM CST
Name: Sol
Mexico City
Thank you Daisyl. I am leaving the dead leaves and showering it once a week as it must be inside. We live in an apartment. Any other tips you can share? Like how to supplement her diet? Now it is in a room with no direct sunlight and I am monitoring the color of the leaves. Thanks again!
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Jul 28, 2020 11:11 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
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I have never fertilized one. Never even thought about it. Smiling

I gave mine to my daughter about 6 years ago. She hung it in the shower in her guest bathroom and put a grow light above it (no windows). It seems very happy.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
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