Staghorn Fern - Platycerium bifurcatum
Platycerium bifurcatum, more commonly called the Staghorn Fern, has deeply lobed fronds that are reminiscent of deer antlers that grow in haphazard directions. Staghorn Ferns have "shields" at the base of the plant that will turn brown over time. Do not remove these "shields" because they provide essential nutrition to the plant.
Staghorn ferns are epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants or trees), making them a popular choice for mounting. Staghorn Ferns are best mounted to wood and hung from the wall, or placed in decorative containers and displayed on table tops.
This indoor plant requires more humidity and water than other less sensitive houseplants, but it is well worth the extra time and devotion. It is best to soak these ferns once a week and mist them daily.
- Light: Medium indirect
- Soil & Water: Well drained soil. Keep soil moist, but not soggy
- Humidity: Above Average - Mist daily
- Pet Friendly: Yes