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Dec 5, 2016 2:17 PM CST
I have a very large staghorn fern (6ft x 5 ft) that I recently hung in my living room. When it was outside it just hosed it off regularly, but I cant really do that inside. It is also too large for me to soak it in the sink or tub. Any suggestions? I have been misting it with a spray bottle regularly, but I'm not sure that is enough. I really dont want to lose this beautiful plant. Should I get a humidifier to set nearby?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Dec 6, 2016 1:26 AM CST

No, misting is not enough. It needs a good soaking once a week or so also. I'm not sure it will get the light it needs either. You might want to move it back outside.
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Dec 6, 2016 4:20 PM CST
Thank you so much! I'm out of room in my greenhouse. I will definitely move it back outside after winter is over. I guess I can just lay something on the floor underneath it and give it a good drink.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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Dec 6, 2016 4:33 PM CST
Hi allycat, Welcome!
Your Common Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) is really gorgeous! Mine are all outside hanging in trees and I must admit, I'm a pretty lazy plant caretaker. We've been quite dry here for awhile and one of them was beginning to look sad a few weeks ago so I turned the hose on it. Although mine get little care from me, we are quite humid here in Florida which seems to suit them well. That being said, I agree that your plant needs more than just misting. I don't know how you are going to manage to give your large Staghorn enough moisture unless you can rig something up to hang it in the shower when you need to water it.
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Name: Steve Claggett
Portland Orygun (Zone 8a)
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Dec 7, 2016 8:14 AM CST
If you give it a good misting everyday you should get thru the winter. A cup of water around the rootball wouldn't hurt every week or so.
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Dec 7, 2016 8:34 AM CST
Thank you all! I was able to lay a towel underneath it last night and pour a big jug of water into the top of it. Barely any dripped out, so I think it was pretty thirsty. I'll do it again tonight.

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