The Staghorn or Elkhorn Fern is a truly one of the wonders of the plant kingdom. Its large fuzzy antler-shaped fronds emerge from a shield of heart-shaped fronds at its base.
As an epiphytic tree fern, it's one of the easiest ferns to care for.
Like many ferns, these grow two types of fronds, fertile and infertile. The fertile fronds are elongate, leaf-like and bear spores, while the infertile fronds (also called shield fronds because of their flat, spreading habit) have no spores. In P. bifurcatum the fertile fronds are forked (bifurcate), looking like a deer’s antlers. The shield fronds grow more or less flat against whatever they are mounted on, and are roughly circular in shape. In time plants can form formidable clumps, spreading by “pups”, or offshoots that grow off small stems (called rhizomes), just below the shield fronds.
The accepted botanical name is Platycerium bifurcatum. It's commonly known as Staghorn Fern, Elkhorn Fern.
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The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
Read through these care instructions for Platycerium bifurcatum , and remember if you need help, we’re an email away.
Feed with half-strength fertiliser throughout the growing season when you water. When repotting, use a rich but free-draining compost mix.
The furry leaves are usually ok in full sun, and bright indirect light is also fine. Avoid deep shade.
As a tree fern, Staghorn Ferns are accustomed to thorough but infrequent waterings. They abhor constantly soggy roots, so be sure to let the soil dry out almost completely, then give it a really good soak and drain.
Platycerium are surprisingly cold hardy. Staghorn Ferns will even tolerate light infrequent frosts and so can be grown outdoors for much of the year. To keep the plant its best and avoid frost damage however, keep it above 5ºC at all times.
The Staghorn Fern is super easy to grow. Make sure you don't overwater it, and put it in a nice bright spot, and it will be happy!
Non-toxic for pets and people!