Plant Care Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern

Also known as

Elkhorn Fern and antelope ears


Platycerium alcicorne

How to care for Staghorn Fern


How often to water your Staghorn Fern

Water needs for Staghorn Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Staghorn Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Staghorn Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Staghorn Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Staghorn Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Staghorn Fern may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Staghorn Fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Staghorn Fern: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Staghorn Fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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Care Summary for Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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