Botanical name: Platycerium Bifurcatum
Common name: Staghorn Fern, Elkhorn Fern
Height: 6" - 8" inches
Look! I grew a thing! (Novice)
Foliage: As the name suggests, the leaves resemble antlers and are often grown mounted on a piece of wood or in a basket. They have an almost velvet texture to their leaves/fronds. They will develop brown leaves called “shield fronds” which help protect the roots. While they may not look as if they belong, put down the shears and don’t remove them! A very unique and architectural shape to the leaves makes the Staghorn a conversation piece.
Size: Slow growers, especially in a home environment. They can get quite large in their natural habitat. Like quite large. Like, I’m going to take over this tree, large.
Light: Bright, indirect light works best. Will tolerate some direct light as it matures (2-3 hours a day). While lower light is not ideal, it will still do fairly well.
Water: Maintain moderate moisture for these ferns. Allow to dry out between watering -- do not overwater. They grow naturally in rainforests and well in a humid environment. A light misting every other day (especially in the winter months is encouraged) be sure to mist the underside of their leaves/fronds as well.
Soil: In their natural habitat they grow on other plants or trees. If growing on a piece of wood, use sheet moss as its medium. If in a pot, a good succulent and cactus mix is best. They also need good air circulation.
Humans: Safe and non-toxic
Staghorn Fern 4"
This Staghorn Fern comes in a 4" plastic growers pot.
*All plants vary, and may not be exactly as pictured.