How to Care for a Staghorn Fern

Use these instructions to care for a Staghorn Fern. This guide will tell you how to water your Staghorn Fern, its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.


Your Staghorn Fern will thrive in medium to bright indirectlight. It will not do well in low light situations.   


The soil should be kept moist, but not soggy. If the soil dries and the leaves start to wilt, water thoroughly and discard any excess water that has dripped into the saucer. Root rot will occur if your Staghorn Fern is left in standing water.  


Your Staghorn Fern absorbs water through its fronds as well as its roots. This means that they respond well to misting and appreciate extra humidity. Throughout the dryer times of the year, use a pebble tray to increase humidity, along with regular misting.   


The ideal temperature for your Staghorn Fern is between 50-85 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and direct air from a heating and cooling vents.   


Use a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer once every month during the spring and summer. No need to feed your plant in the winter, when growth naturally slows. Before applying any form of fertilizer, make sure the soil is damp. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil.  


Your Staghorn Fern can handle a bit of drought, even to the point of slightly wilting. However, they are sensitive to overwatering. Your Staghorn Fern requires less water in the winter, so decrease the frequency of your watering in the colder months.


Staghorn Ferns are non-toxic to humans and pets.