What kind of fertilizer do you use on a staghorn?
Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer (ratio of 1:1:1). During periods of dormancy (fall and winter), reduce fertilizing to every other month. Some people suggest feeding your staghorn fern by slipping a piece of banana peel under the shield frond.
What wood is best for staghorn?
How To Mount Staghorn Ferns. Mounting Staghorn Ferns should be done on rot resistant wood like cedar. Because of the aggressive way that they are watered, and the fact that they are so closely connected to the wood, you need something that can last long term.
How do I propagate a staghorn fern?
Staghorn fern can be propagated from the spores but because that is such a slow process they generally are propagated by division, carefully cutting off small pups with a sharp knife, making sure each piece has some fertile and sterile fronds and roots.
How do I identify a staghorn fern?
One of the keys to identifying platycerium species is in the shape and location of the spore patches. Some are located on the tips, some in the middle of the frond, and others on lobes. Some have two spore patches, others only one spore patch. Most growers tend to over water staghorn ferns.
Are bananas good for staghorn ferns?
ANSWER: Banana peels can contribute lots of potassium and a little phosphorus to the nutrient needs of your staghorn fern. But they contain very little nitrogen, which also is needed for good growth. So go ahead, toss a few banana peels among the foliage to slowly release their nutrients.
How do you tell the difference between a staghorn and elkhorn fern?
Staghorn ferns are bigger than the elkhorn ferns. Staghorns features a large central rosette of leaves below which pendulous fertile fronds hang down. Elkhorn ferns, on the other hand, have multiple small rosettes, or nest leaves, from which slender, pendulous strap-like fronds cascade.