Platycerium Bifuratum 'Netherlands' (Staghorn Fern)
$46.00 incl. GST
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Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 18cm
- Platycerium bifurcatum, the elkhorn fern or common staghorn fern, is a species of fern native to Java, New Guinea, and eastern Australia, in New South Wales, Queensland, and on Lord Howe Island. It is a bracket epiphyte occurring in and near rainforests.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.