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Platycerium bifurcatum 'Staghorn Fern'

Platycerium bifurcatum 'Staghorn Fern'

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Staghorn Ferns venture on the side of “extraterrestrial artwork”. Put simply: They don’t look like your average houseplant! With 18 different species of Staghorn Ferns to choose from, why select the Platycerium bifurcatum? Because it’s one of the easiest Staghorn Ferns to care for, indoors or out! Whether you keep your fern planted or decide to mount it, it’s guaranteed to provide visual interest to any living space! 

  • FAQ about How to Care for Your Indoor Staghorn Fern:
    • What is a Staghorn Fern?
      • A Staghorn Fern is an epiphyte, which means it naturally grows in rainforest treetops. These plants have different anatomy: Their showy “antler fronds” protrude from the front, while their brown paper-like “shield fronds” hug the plant’s base. The frond’s purpose? Antler fronds are part of the plant’s reproduction system: a very healthy plant will produce felt-like spores, which should never be cleaned off. Shield fronds are responsible for the majority of the plant’s nutritional and moisture intake; even though they may look dead and crispy, never remove them! So what about the plant’s roots? The Staghorn Fern’s root system is simply there as an anchor.
    • How do you propagate a Platycerium bifurcatum?
      • As noted, a Platycerium bifurcatum reproduces by creating spores. Unless you’re a mad scientist, harvesting spores and producing more ferns is very difficult. The easiest way to propagate your Platycerium bifurcatum is by separating “pups” from the parent plant. Your plant will produce pups when it’s fully mature (and healthy).
    • How do you take care of a Staghorn Fern?
      • For the best results, it is recommended that you eventually mount your Staghorn Fern horizontally in a loose, non-traditional potting mixture. Why? In a nutshell: Imitating nature is the surest way to have a healthy plant. Overwatering is one of the #1 risks with a Staghorn Fern. Wait to rewater your plant until you can see that the antler fronds are “droopier” than usual. These plants will recover more quickly from underwatering than overwatering, so err on the side of caution.
    • What comes in the box?
      • One Platycerium bifurcatum 'Staghorn Fern' in an 8" hanging grow pot. Ceramic planter sold separately.