Mounted Staghorn Fern Care

**Mounting:** Staghorn Ferns are often mounted on a piece of wood or a plaque, mimicking their natural epiphytic growth habit. Ensure that the mounting material is securely attached and provides stability for the fern.

**Light:** Place your mounted Staghorn Fern in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the delicate fronds. Ideally, hang the fern in a location where it receives filtered sunlight or dappled shade.

**Watering:** Water your mounted Staghorn Fern by thoroughly soaking the root ball or mounting material once a week during the growing season (spring and summer). Allow excess water to drain away, ensuring that the mounting material is not waterlogged. Reduce watering frequency during the dormant period in fall and winter, allowing the mounting material to partially dry out between waterings.

**Humidity:** Staghorn Ferns thrive in high humidity environments. Mist the fronds regularly or place the mounted fern in a humid location, such as a bathroom or kitchen. You can also create a humid microclimate by placing a tray filled with pebbles and water beneath the fern.

**Temperature:** Keep your mounted Staghorn Fern in a room with temperatures between 60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C). Protect it from drafts and sudden temperature fluctuations, especially during the winter months.

**Fertilization:** Feed your mounted Staghorn Fern with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Apply the fertilizer to the mounting material or water it into the root ball.

**Pruning:** Trim any brown or damaged fronds as needed to maintain the fern's appearance and health. Remove dead or dying fronds by cutting them off at the base with sterilized scissors.

**Mount Maintenance:** Inspect the mounting material periodically for signs of decay or deterioration. If the mounting material becomes waterlogged or starts to rot, remove the fern, replace the mounting material, and remount the fern as needed.

**Pests:** Keep an eye out for common pests such as scale insects, mealybugs, and spider mites. If infestations occur, treat the fern with insecticidal soap or neem oil, taking care to thoroughly coat the fronds and mounting material.

By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy a healthy and thriving mounted Staghorn Fern in your home or garden.