Platycerium Bifurcatum. Staghorn Fern.
The Platycerium Bifurcatum is an epiphytic fern in the wild, meaning in habitat they grow in trees or on rocks, getting their nutrients from the air or dead leaves and other debris collected in the cracks or crevasses. As a Houseplant it can be a really striking hanging plant. It comprises of two types of leaves; at the base there are broad heart shaped fronds which only curve slightly and emerge a bright green colour but turn brown as they mature, these are sterile. Growing from the base are the fertile leaves, deeply lobed like antlers, grey-green in colour which arch beautifully reaching up to one meter long in length.
A vigorous grower and very on trend, perfect for providing a dramatic accent to your house or office.
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PLATYCERIUM BIFURCATUM. Staghorn Fern.
Latin Name: Platycerium Bifurcatum.
Common Name: Elkhorn Fern. Staghorn Fern. Antelope Ears. Australian Elk's Horn Fern.
Origin: New Guinea. Australia.
Hardiness: Better kept above 10 degrees.
Growth Characteristics: Hanging plant. Evergreen. Long fertile leaves grey-green deeply lobed leaves becoming pendent. Broad heart shaped leaves at the base which are sterile. Very showy. Epiphytic plants. Require little maintenance.
Sun: Bright indirect light.
Exposure: Indoor Houseplant. Can be moved into filtered light (not direct sunshine) outside in summer.
Soil: Well drained soil.
Moisture: Water during growing season. Less in winter. Allow to begin to dry before re-watering. Water from below, place in water for 10-15mins before draining and hanging back up. Do not let stand in water for a long time. Mist the leaves occasionally to provide a little humidity.
Feeding: Feed occasionally with half strength balanced liquid feed.
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