There are 2 water regimens; misting and soaking
· Softly mist every few days, misting the full plant and concentrating on the top area of the fern and underside of fronds.
· Soaking, take your plant off the wall and run the tap over the entire plant in a basin or sink using room temperature water. Water once or twice a week in Summer and every 2-3 weeks is sufficient in Winter. Allow your plant to drip dry before hanging back up
If you live in a dry area like Melbourne your fern will require more misting and watering over the summer, as Elks and Stags enjoy humid environments. Less watering is required in more humid areas like Brisbane as Elks and Stags absorb moisture through their leaves from the air.
Monitor your fern for signs of wilting, and note if the antler fronds begin to turn brown or black at the base- this is a sign of overwatering. Reduce watering and monitor.
If dark spots appear on the shield of the plant it can be a sign of over watering.
WINTER: Careful of placement of your ferns over winter, if they are near a heater during winter they may need to be relocated or watered more often as a result of the dry heat.
SUMMER: Pay extra attention to your fern over Summer as they can dry out quickly and show signs of stress with wilting leaves. Check the outer edges of the moss, if they are dry it's time for a water!
If these plants are placed inside they will appreciate a water soluble fertiliser every month of two in growing season, Spring and Summer. This can be added to their water regime.
REMEMBER your Staghorn and Elkhorn's are a living plants! Be patient with them, as they need time to adjust to their new home environment. They will reward you with your patience with a beautiful living display and the excitement of watching the new green growth unfurl. Enjoy xx
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