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This is a discussion on Question about stag horn ferns within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I had a customer bring in some large stag horn ferns for us to repot ...

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    Default Question about stag horn ferns

    I had a customer bring in some large stag horn ferns for us to repot and I do not have any experience with them other then mounted or in an open bottom hanging basket, but what I'm not sure about is what to use as a soil medium. I'll try to post some pics of it tomorrow.

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    I have mine potted in coconut husk chips, charcoal and styrofoam pellets.

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    Not sure which 'stag horn' fern you are referring to Max. Here in Oz, our stag horn is Platycerium superbum. It is a single plant that can't be divided. I have a number of them simply growing on trees - no potting mix although something like spagnum moss behind the plant to retain moisture is helpful. Once the plant becomes established it doesn't need any. They grow into HUGE plants. They love potassium and enjoy regular feeds of banana skins.

    Some of our other Playtceriums grow well on the OUTSIDE of baskets and will engulph the basket in time to form a complete ball, dividing into a number of plants.

    All that is necessary with the latter types is to fill the basket with anything that will retain moisture (and doesn't fall through the holes).

    Platycerium superbum don't like TOO much water whereas SOME of the other varieties thrive in wet conditions. Just to show how independent they are, some of our varieties varieties grow naturally on rocks in full sun in the dry tropics of North Queensland.

    Are you confused yet?

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    I would think that tree fern chunks would work also

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    We've had them potted in fir chips, perlite, LECA, etc., but they weren't happy. They are MUCH happier mounted. Maybe you could convice your customers to let you mount it (them) - for a slightly higher fee?

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    I've plaqued all of mine

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    I pot mine in long fiber New Zeeland sphagnum.

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    Most of ours grow on mounts or on the sides of the orchid pots. They do get very large.

    cheers,
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    i've seen massive ones here in los angeles, mounted up in trees, or on flat boards nailed to the wall of shady patios. i think they originally were mounted with a pocket of peatmoss and some sphagnum, but it sort of eventually just attaches to the trees or walls themselves and grows crazy. depending on how dry the place is, use more or less sphagnum or peat...?

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    There are some great YouTube videos out there on repotting staghorns. Some even offer the supplies they use.

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