Staghorn fern not looking great – House Plant Journal

Staghorn fern not looking great

Plant: Staghorn fern

How long have you had the plant? 1 to 6 months


My mom gave me this plant 6 months ago. It started browning at the tips and even lost a frond. The antler fronds have gotten brown and crunchy.

Light Situation:

The staghorn is situated next to this window – only indirect light.

How do you determine WHEN to water: I wait for the soil to become completely dry.

Describe HOW you water: I mist it every day, then on watering day I let ice cubes melt into the soil.

What fertilizer do you use? I recently started using Superthrive organic all purpose plant food.

When was the last time you repotted? Less than 6 months ago.


This window and location looks adequate for the staghorn.

Your fronds are dying off because of the planting media is inadequately watered.  Misting every day and a bunch of ice cubes melting will not properly moisten all parts of the media.  When I water my staghorn, I run it under the shower for a minute or two.

Here is the video showing the process: staghorn fern watering

Your plant still looks okay so I think it can recover in a few weeks or months.  Water it thoroughly when the medium is nearly completely dry.  No need to mist or use ice cubes – don’t waste your time.

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