Houseplants forum: Brown fronds on Staghorn Fern

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jasonbaum
Feb 8, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Hi,

I have a staghorn fern that I turned into a kokedama about 2 years ago. It has been doing quite well, but over the past 3 months i have noticed that some of the fronds are turning brown and the tips are turning brown. I try and water it once a week or so, when the ball feels light and has used up its water, by putting it in a pot of water for about 10 minutes and then letting it drip off excess water. It is pretty close to a West facing window (1 foot away).

I'm wondering if I am A) overwatering it? or B) it needs a larger Kokedama ball? Or C) have no idea.

Please have a look at the pictures - I truely appreciate your advice and suggestions.

Thanks,

Jason
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madcratebuilder
Feb 9, 2017 8:00 AM CST
Do you mist your plant often? I have some baby stags in a kokedama ball and I mist every day.
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plantladylin
Feb 9, 2017 9:01 AM CST
Hi Jason, Welcome!

I had to google Kokedama because I wasn't sure what it was and I like that idea. Your Common Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) is beautiful!

You didn't say where in the world you live or what intensity of sunlight the plant receives from the west facing window and I'm wondering if that yellowing/brown frond is due to sunburn? Stag's do prefer bright light but too much direct sun will burn them. They require high humidity too so I think you probably need to raise the humidity level around the plant as was suggested by madcratebuilder/Steve.
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jasonbaum
Feb 9, 2017 10:44 AM CST
Thanks Lina nd Steve for your replies. I had been misting it, but stopped a month or so ago. It is pretty close to a humidifier, but maybe it needs even the misting again. I will try that.

I live in Toronto, Canada. It doesn't get a ton of light at this time of year as the window is kinda small and the sun is pretty low in the sky at this time of year. But I will keep an eye to see if it is getting sunburnt.

Thanks again,

Jason
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plantladylin
Feb 9, 2017 11:27 AM CST
The dry heat indoors during winter can really cause plants to dry out quickly so if it isn't an issue with sunburn then perhaps watering more often will help.

Even with our almost year-round humidity here in Florida, this Staghorn up in a Pine tree has some brown fronds about ready to fall off. The irrigation system doesn't reach that far up into the tree so it only gets watered when we have rain because I don't often remember to drag a hose back there to try to water it.
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