Platycerium sp - Staghorn Fern
Platycerium species are nicknamed Staghorn Ferns (or Elkhorn Ferns) for good reason – their elongated, forked fronds look just like antlers. As it matures, your staghorn fern will also grow shield fronds - round, plate-like leaves that eventually dry to form a protective layer around the roots of the plant. Staghorn ferns are epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants or trees), making them a popular choice for mounting. Whether you decide to mount your staghorn fern or grow it terrestrially in a pot, Platycerium species makes an excellent houseplants that thrive in small spaces.
• Light: Place in bright, indirect light
• Water: Water when the top 1-2" of soil feels dry
• Considerations: Staghorn ferns like high humidity and grow best in warm temperatures; mist the foliage regularly. As epiphytes, they also are good candidates for mounting. Pet friendly!
What to Expect
You'll get a healthy Staghorn fern that meets our rigorous quality standards in your choice of a 4" or 6" nursery pot – Planters sold separately. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size and personality. We choose from our assortment of Staghorn Fern varieties, including Platycerium bifucatum, Platycerium veitchii and Platycerium 'Netherlands'; expect this natural variation from the photos.
Our plants include detailed care instructions as well as our Houseplant Best Practices guide, with information on how to repot, seasonal care and more!
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I love my new staghorn fern...all the leaves were intact on arrival (although a few looked like some damage was clipped off - no worries). It's a great size for a 6" plant and even had some baby leaves starting too. The included care card was helpful. My late uncle had an enormous staghorn hanging from a tree...I hope mine gets to be that big someday!
The staghorn fern arrived in great shape! I live in Las Vegas so I was very concerned.