Platycerium bifurcatum - Staghorn Fern
One of the most interesting ferns available. This fern is often seen mounted to wood and displayed like a taxidermy stag head.
Common Names: Common Staghorn Fern, Elkhorn Fern
Origin: Southeast Asia, Australia, Polynesia
Light: Bright, indirect
Foot Candles: 100 - 175
Water: Keep evenly moist
Humidity: 50% - 75%
Temperature: 18°C - 28°C
Soil: Peat-based potting soil
Container: Self-watering, mounted on wood
Nutrients: Not required
Propagation: Spore, tissue culture, or division of rhizome
Interiorscape Use: Living wall, mounted art
Common Pests: Mealybugs, Aphids, Spider Mites, Thrips.
Common Issues: Root rot when sitting in water. Leaves brown when over-watered, leaves droop and drop if under-watered, leaves crisp with too much light.
Comments: This interesting plant is not your average household fern. Featuring antler-like fronds has prompted collectors to display the fern in different ways, the most common being to mount it to a piece of wood like a plaque to imitate a taxidermy stag head. This fern naturally grows attached to wood, making this both an ideal place to grow and an appealing method to display. The ‘basal’ leaf helps the plant to attach itself to trees and retain moisture.