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Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Fern

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    Botanical Name:

    • Platycerium spp.
    • Platycerium bifurcatum

    Common Names:

    • Staghorn Fern
    • Elkhorn Fern

    Description: Platycerium spp., commonly known as the Staghorn Fern or Elkhorn Fern, is a unique and visually stunning epiphytic plant characterized by its fronds that resemble the antlers of a stag. This fern has two types of fronds: sterile fronds, which are flat and shield-like, and fertile fronds, which are elongated and forked, creating a striking and sculptural appearance. Native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, Staghorn Ferns are often found growing on trees and rocks in their natural habitat. They are popular for their unusual and exotic look, making them an excellent choice for plant enthusiasts seeking something different.

    Care Instructions:


    • Prefers bright, indirect light. Can tolerate some morning sun but avoid direct afternoon sunlight, which can scorch the fronds.


    • Water regularly but allow the plant to dry out slightly between waterings. Soak the entire plant in water for 10-20 minutes every 1-2 weeks, or mist frequently to maintain humidity. Reduce watering in the winter months.


    • Thrives in high humidity environments. Regular misting or placing the plant in a humidity tray can help maintain the necessary moisture levels.


    • Prefers temperatures between 60°F and 80°F (16°C - 27°C). Protect from cold drafts and temperatures below 50°F (10°C).


    • As an epiphyte, Staghorn Ferns do not require soil. They are typically mounted on wood plaques, hung in wire baskets, or attached to tree bark with sphagnum moss.


    • Feed with a diluted, balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Do not fertilize in the fall and winter.


    • Remove any dead or damaged fronds to encourage new growth and keep the plant healthy. Pruning helps maintain the plant's shape and prevents overcrowding.

    Styling Tips:

    • Wall Mounting: Mount the Staghorn Fern on a wooden plaque or piece of tree bark and hang it on a wall to showcase its unique, antler-like fronds. This creates a striking focal point in any room.
    • Hanging Basket: Place the Staghorn Fern in a hanging basket lined with sphagnum moss. This allows its fronds to cascade beautifully, adding a touch of natural elegance to the space.
    • Grouping with Other Epiphytes: Combine with other epiphytic plants like orchids and air plants to create a diverse and visually appealing display. This mimics their natural habitat and adds interest to your indoor garden.
    • Bathroom Plant: The high humidity levels in bathrooms make them an ideal location for Staghorn Ferns. Place the fern where it can benefit from the steam of showers.
    • Terrarium: Incorporate the Staghorn Fern into a terrarium setup with other moisture-loving plants to create a lush, miniature landscape.

    Platycerium spp., with its distinctive, antler-like fronds and relatively easy care requirements, is a fantastic addition to any plant collection. Its impressive appearance and adaptability make it a favorite among plant enthusiasts and interior designers looking to add a touch of exotic charm and vibrant greenery to their spaces.

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