Platycerium Panama (Staghorn Fern)

$82.24 incl. GST
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  • NOTE:
  1. The actual plant may differ as each pot has its own unique natural look and though look identical but never 100% similar to the image pictured here.
  2. Flowers are seasonal and plants may not be with flowers at the time of order/delivery.

Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 50cm(W) x 55cm(H)

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GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Platycerium is a genus of about 19 fern species in the polypod family, Polypodiaceae.
  • Ferns in this genus are widely known as staghorn or elkhorn ferns due to their uniquely-shaped fronds.

SOIL REQUIREMENT

  • Being an epiphyte means that they do not require soil to grow and instead can be grown at home on a variety of different growing mediums.
  • Many people choose to mount them on a wooden board or hang it from a wide basket.
  • In these instances, sphagnum moss is generally the best growing medium.
  • Fix it to your board or basket with wires, and then, securely attach your plant on top of this.
  • The root ball will be quite small they do not rely on roots to absorb moisture and nutrients, but the root ball does need to be making contact with the sphagnum moss.
  • It is also possible to plant them in a pot in a more traditional way, but you must not use standard potting soil as this will be too suffocating for the roots of the plant.
  • Their roots are accustomed to having access to air and so will need a potting mix that allows for this.
  • A mix of orchid bark and cactus soil should work fine.

FEEDING/FERTILIZER REQUIREMENT

  • Fertilizer is an essential part of caring for the plant.
  • Give your plant a regular fertilizer feeding.
  • Using a diluted liquid feed with a 1:1 ratio, you can feed the plant once a month.

LIGHT REQUIREMENT

  • They do best in partial shade and bright, indirect light.
  • At home or in your garden, display them in an area protected from direct sunlight, as this will harm the plant.
  • Bright filtered light or shade is fine, although a mix of the two would be ideal.

WATER REQUIREMENT

  • In terms of the amount and frequency of watering, the Staghorn Fern does not like to be too wet.
  • To avoid overwatering at home, allow the growing medium to become dry between waterings, and only water when the fertile green leaves start to droop.
  • While it is normal for the sterile leaves to become brown and crispy, it is not normal for the fertile leaves to brown or for dark patches to appear on any of the leaves.
  • If this happens, it’s a sign that the plant has been overwatered and you need to adjust your watering method accordingly.

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