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  • Writer's pictureRachelle Ford

Staghorn Fern Plant Care Cheat Sheet

Updated: Apr 1

Staghorn Ferns are unique plants that not only grow foliage as they age, along with shields, known as fronds, to protect themselves. These plants are considered pet-friendly and are non-toxic to cats and dogs.

Lighting: This plant can tolerate lower light, but will appreciate a bright indirect lighting situation. They can handle 3-4 hours of direct sunlight on their foliage. To maintain the plant's size, a minimum of 200 FC is required. To achieve good growth, you will want to look for 400 FC.

Watering: This plant likes to stay more on the moist side. Let about 1-2 inches of the soil dry out between watering and try to keep it evenly moist. It is hardier and considered less fussy than traditional ferns.


This quick cheat sheet is meant to give you tips and tricks for how to best care for your plant. All of the information above is based on my personal experience and advice with houseplants, and the lighting requirements are a reference from Daryl Chang of House Plant Journal.

*FC is lighting measured in Foot Candles and requires a light meter to get an accurate reading.

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