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Q: New staghorn fern

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:  It’s completely root bound though. How do I fix that issue?  Darryl:  This looks perfectly normal - in fact, you'll end up breaking up most of that root ball when you mount it to whatever board or basket you use.

Plant Parent: It’s completely root bound though. How do I fix that issue?
Darryl: This looks perfectly normal - in fact, you'll end up breaking up most of that root ball when you mount it to whatever board or basket you use.

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!

Plant Parent:  Here’s the wall I want to put it on.

Plant Parent: Here’s the wall I want to put it on.

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:

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And here’s a video about the care in general:

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