As the young insects feed, they emit a protective wax coating that makes penetration by insecticides difficult. Most of staghorn fern problems are the direct result of care slip-ups, but there are a few problems that are common among these epiphytic wonders. Staghorn Ferns have two types of fronds: one type is a flat, branched frond, resembling the horn of an elk, and the other type is a flat, round one that grows around the other fronds like a collar. However, there’s some confusion as to exactly how many types there really are. Also susceptible to rhizoctonia leaf spot. Another injurious scale, which is named for the group of plants it attacks, is the fern scale shown here infesting staghorn fern. See more ideas about ferns, plants, exotic plants. Kristi Waterworth started her writing career in 1995 as a journalist for a local newspaper. Fern expert Mike Lowery of Another Place in Time says the best time to divide and transplant is when the shield frond has turned brown. What are these brown bumps on my staghorn fern? My folks gave me my staghorn about 10 years ago and they had it for about 15 years before that. How To Mount A Really Big Staghorn Fern My wife loves her staghorn ferns. Q: Our 50-year-old staghorn fern is slowly dying. Some varieties have been merged over the years and considered part of the same species, just different cultivars. My staghorn fern lost three leaves today. The fern scale also is quite damaging to asparagus, bird’s nest and Nephrolepis species of ferns. Any idea how to get it back to good health? My Staghorn has recently been invaded by ants an I am unsure how to proceed. Your Staghorn Fern likes to be kept consistently moist, so be sure that it’s getting enough water. They are usually soft brown scale or a very small white scale. Since 2010, she's written on a wide range of personal finance topics. This is a symptom of a fungus called Rhizoctonia, caused by too much moisture. ©2020 Walter Reeves / The Simple Gardener, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Jon VanZile. They are really hard to get rid of even on … It has no roots. Scale insects are hard to control when numerous…typically you spray with horticultural oil to suffocate them. Staghorn fern has few pests but may become infested with scale insects or mealybugs. Analysis . Staghorn ferns have few pest-related disease problems, but mealy bugs and scale insects can be a problem. I cut the giant root base in half because it was all dead material. Notice the heavy-gauge link chain that comes with the hanging plant. I have a staghorn fern named Robert. It is in the same location, in the shade facing north. The female then lays her eggs under her brownish armor, dying once the last egg is laid. Although staghorn ferns are resistant to most pests and diseases, problems can develop and they can be somewhat difficult to eradicate. I love her. However, if you just plan on getting a baby fern at a … slnewton, Jul 9, 2018 #1. Yep that's it. Should I fear them or embrace them? I have 4 well established at the… Q. Indoor Staghorn Fern Care - I can't seem to find a 1:1:1 water soluble fertilizer to feed my indoor staghorn fern. The vast majority of folks that grow staghorns to this size (and really, with only limited photography, I can only guess at her weight), end up with these plants in huge, heavy-weight baskets or really large plaques/panels of wood. Causes Powdery mildew or white mold, is caused by a fungus that spreads between plants. Thanks in advance for your help!! When you notice white or gray mold or powder on the leaves of your fern plant, the culprit is a fungal disease known as powdery mildew. That is why hanging it under the canopy of a tree is the best idea.This move Here's a picture. Water your Staghorn Fern so the top inch of soil is kept moist (on average, this means water weekly in the spring and summer and every few weeks in the fall and winter). Is Robert doomed? This is a baby stag fern that Vern started about three years ago. Signs include black spots on the guard leaves that can spread rapidly and kill the plant. Keep a consistent watering schedule, when the top 2”-3” of the soil are dry. Staghorn Fern – Scale Insects. Staghorn ferns are grown by gardeners attracted to their unusual foliage and prepared for a significant challenge. Their roots basically grow for attachment/anchorage. It has quit producing new growth. However, can anyone tell me if it has a moble stage? My only option now is an organo phosphate, but I have heard that they are extremely sensitive to pesticide sprays. It was a mess. This is a showpiece specimen that will do best with shade. Q: I have a staghorn fern that has developed a bug on it. Some varieties have been merged over the years and considered part of the same species, just different cultivars.It’s generally assumed that, for most gardeners’ purposes, there’s actually around eighteen varieties grown commonly. There are around 24 varieties referred to in texts on platyceriums. Monitor your plants carefully using a magnifying glass before spraying for best results. This one is about three years old. It prefers very ripe, like ready for banana bread ripe. The Beauty of a Staghorn Fern. Staghorn ferns, which is a term that refers to several species of fern belonging to the Platycerium genus have a unique appearance that makes it a very popular houseplant. Q: I have a staghorn fern that has developed a bug on it. The brake fern has southern Mediterranean origins. I see a picture but the article it is with doesn’t talk about the staghorn but a jasmine plant. From there, her meandering career path led to a 9 1/2 year stint in the real estate industry. I know they can be sensitive to over watering so I water it once a week and mist it every day. Oooh! Although a common staghorn fern rarely attracts insects, occasionally it may suffer from an infestation by mealy bugs or scale insects. I have 4 well established at the… Q. Indoor Staghorn Fern Care - I can't seem to find a 1:1:1 water soluble fertilizer to feed my indoor staghorn fern. Although they can be a little tricky to get just so, once a staghorn is established, you can expect few problems with them. However, there’s some confusion as to exactly how many types there really are. Scale insects are small, largely immobile insects that are often confused for growths on a plant's leaves or branches. Grape Vine Diseases With Brown Bumps on the Shoots, University of Florida IFAS Extension: Staghorn Ferns are Highly Valued Specimens, University of Vermont Extension: Growing Ferns Successfully Indoors, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension: Growing Ferns, University of Hawai'i Manoa Extension: Pinnaspis Aspidistrae, North Carolina State University: Fern Scale. Staghorn ferns are epiphytes, Mary. A common cause of rot and losing leaves is overwatering. Hi, Be careful with treating your staghorn fern. Been hand-picking the scales from this plant for a year. The result is an infestation that appears to be made of different insects. Click on links below to jump to that question. When you’ve reviewed your care plan and are certain they’re getting enough light and nutrients, it’s definitely time to look for other staghorn fern disease symptoms. Large Scale Staghorn Fern Hanging Plant For Sale- this beautiful staghorn fern, Platycerium Bifurcatum that we raised from a pup! 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