Platycerium / Bifercatum "Staghorn Fern"


Staghorn Fern 

(Platycerium Bifercatum) 

Platycerium bifurcatum is an epiphytic fern renowned for its distinctive and unique fronds, resembling the antlers of a stag, hence its common name, Staghorn Fern. Native to Australia, Southeast Asia, and the eastern Pacific, this captivating fern has gained popularity as both a decorative houseplant and an outdoor ornamental.

The plant is characterized by two distinct types of fronds: sterile shield fronds and fertile antler fronds. The sterile shield fronds are flat, round structures that anchor the fern to its substrate, often resembling the shape of a stag's head. These fronds are covered with a layer of brown, felt-like hairs, providing a rustic and intriguing appearance.

The fertile antler fronds, on the other hand, grow outward and upward, showcasing a branching structure that resembles the antlers of a deer. These fronds bear spores, contributing to the fern's reproductive process. The overall growth pattern of Platycerium bifurcatum makes it a visually striking and sought-after plant for enthusiasts.

Staghorn Fern Care 

  • Light: Bright, indirect light.

  • Water: Maintain evenly moist but not soggy soil.

  • Notes:  prefer moderate to high humidity levels.

  • Fertilizer: To feed your Staghorn Fern, use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at half strength every watering. This helps the plant get enough nutrients to continue to grow its impressive fronds!

 You'll receive a healthy specimen of this plant that meets our high quality standards, in a plastic nursery pot of your selected size. Ceramic planter in photo is not included.

 Please expect some natural variations from the photos, no two plants are the same and each will have its own unique size, shape and character.  Basic care guidelines are listed above, send us an email or visit our plant care tips on Instagram @florafaunaatl if you have further questions.

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