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Tallahassee, Florida
Txpenny14
Oct 12, 2017 3:40 PM CST

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I received a staghorn fern in a hanging basket from a friend. It had to ride in my trunk for about 3 hours, then it sat on the ground for a couple of days until I hung it. The horn fronds are bent and brown and don't seem to be getting better. It is getting direct sunlight only in the morning. I am in Tallahassee, Florida where it is very humid. I water it about once a week, but it mostly runs out. I have never bathed it or misted it. How can I rescue it? Should I trim the wilted, dead fronds? If I can figure out how to post pic, I will.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 12, 2017 8:10 PM CST
Welcome!

Get your hose out and water it thoroughly daily.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Oct 13, 2017 8:07 AM CST
I agree. It needs a few good long drinks.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Oct 14, 2017 10:34 AM CST
Staghorn Ferns need protection from direct sunlight, high temps, low humidity and excessive root dryness. I think that explains why yours is in the condition it is in. The damaged fronds will not recover. However, there are already signs of some healthy new growth emerging, so it will gradually recover.

Sometimes after excessive drying, it is hard to re-wet the basket and roots. If so, try submerging the entire plant in a pool or tub filled with plain water - no chlorinated pool water! Leave it for 30 minutes until it is saturated. Thereafter, never allow it to get that dry again. If it is kept in a very shady outdoor location or a moderately bright indoor location, then a thorough watering weekly is usually about right.
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Tallahassee, Florida
Txpenny14
Oct 14, 2017 7:21 PM CST

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Thanks all! I really think it has had too much sun and not enough water. Taking your advice. But no one answered this question: should I trim or remove the dead fronds?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Oct 14, 2017 9:06 PM CST
Yes. They won't green up again.
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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