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We bought this staghorn at Lowe’s awhile ago from the equivalent of a reject bin. It’s always looked kinda sad.

Recently though it’s gotten mold or bugs on it. I don’t know what happened. It lost about 2 fronds so far. I removed it from the house because I didn’t want it to contaminate any of my other plants. But I don’t want it to die!

Any tips on how to save this or why it might be happening?

Thanks

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  • This is a scale infection (infestation). – benn Aug 29 at 10:52
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Looks like a scale problem, so removing the plant outdoors while you try to deal with it was a good idea. You need to clean the leaves with a soapy (insecticidal soap) cloth to remove as many scales as possible - the brown hard lumps need to come off, along with any white fluffy bits (the crawlers). Then apply or spray an insecticidal soap solution, or use neem oil spray. Image and some info here https://www.ortho.com/en-us/problems-and-solutions/scale-insects-ferns, more detailed info here https://homeguides.sfgate.com/scale-insects-staghorn-ferns-28722.html

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    I would say an exceptionally heavy scale problem. What I have done with my staghorn is scrape off each one with a fingernail. I was not sure about oil and did not want to wait on an insecticide. Although I did not have such a concentration of scale , my plant is more than 10 X larger , so it took a few days to go over every frond.You will need to check for scale again in a few weeks. – blacksmith37 Aug 29 at 15:00

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