How to Keep Your Staghorn Fern Wall Hanging Alive
Light: Staghorn ferns like very bright indirect light. Light from an east-facing window is ideal. Like people, staghorn ferns will burn if left in direct sun for too long. Use a sheer curtain or cracked blinds to filter strong sunlight from a south or west-facing window, or hang your fern a bit further from the window.
Watering: Staghorn ferns like their roots to stay moist but not soggy. Water when the fronds start to droop slightly and feel a little floppy to the touch. The surface of moss ball should feel dry but may still feel slightly damp in the center. Soak roots by running the moss and fronds under tepid (never cold) water until the moss ball is very squishy and fully saturated. Staghorn ferns love humidity and can absorb water through their fronds, so consider hanging them in your bathroom or misting between waterings.
Life Cycle: Staghorn ferns have two types of leaves -- the antler-like fronds and the circular shield frond that grows at the base of mature ferns. The shield frond starts out pale green but will eventually turn completely brown, dry out, and be replaced by a new, larger shield frond. Do not be alarmed when this happens--your fern isn’t dead! Do not remove the brown shield fronds, as they protect the root ball.
Drying: Drip dry before rehanging. To prevent color from transferring to walls, place paper towels between the damp bark and the wall until the hanging is fully dry.