Q: New staghorn fern
Plant Parent: Hello! I just bought a stag horn fern and want to give it the best life possible…
Plant Parent: I’m wanting to put int in a wood mounted basket instead of just traditionally wall mounting it. Also how do I know when to water it? Do I let the soil or moss dry out or do I keep it moist at all times?
Darryl: Staghorn is one of my favorite plants! Please show me the plant and where you plan to put it. Then I can make some recommendations for you!
Darryl: The staghorn will likely be happiest right in front of the window - not hanging against the wall a few feet from the window. The plant needs to have the widest possible view of the sky and can tolerate 2-3 hours of direct sun.
Assuming this light situation, you can water a staghorn whenever the sphagnum moss is completely dry.
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I take it down from my wall (which is below a huge skylight) and run it under the shower for a minute. I wait for it to stop dripping and then I put it back up on my wall. Here’s a photo of mine:
And here’s a video about the care in general: