I'm the Staghorn Fern. I am a little bit more picky in terms of care compared to other houseplants but my appearance will amaze your friends without a doubt. I'm versatile and can be styled in so many ways: potted on a table, mounted and hung on the wall, or placed in a basket. A fun fact about me is that I actually dont' need any soil to grow and can cling myself to tree trunks or other platforms.
Difficulty Level: moderate with some needs
Light Needed: bright, indirect light
Water: water when the top of the soil is dry
Plant Traits: pet-friendly and air purifying
The Staghorn Fern is one of the more unique ferns you can find. It gets it's name from the long, antler-shaped leaves. The leaves are green and have a fuzzy texture which can grow up to 2' to 3' long. The unique part about the Staghorn Fern is that is actually does not need soil to grow, you can mount it on a piece of wood and it will thrive. These plants are a bit picky with their care and require proper light, water, and humidity. It is a great choice if you have pets since it is non-toxic.
Botanical Name: Platycerium bifurcatum
Nicknames: Staghorn Fern, Birds Nest Staghorn, Common Staghorn, Elkhorn Fern
Plant Type: Fern
Native To: Asia, Australia
Mature Size: Up to 2'-3' long indoors
Leaf Color: Green
Leaf Shape: Long and antler-shaped
Growing Season: Spring and summer
Favorite Rooms: Bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom
Health Benefits: Cleans and purifies the air
Grow Pot Size: 6" wide x 5" tall
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This plant loves a location with bright, indirect light. Be sure to avoid direct sunlight as the leaves can easily burn.
The Staghorn Fern requires both watering and misting. Water every 1-2 weeks, once a week in warmer months and every 2 weeks in cooler months. Keep the plant evenly moist but not soaking, allow the top of the soil to dry between waterings. Mist the plant daily, especially in summer, focusing on the under-sides of the leaves. More humidity means less watering and more light or heat means more watering.
This plant thrives in warm, humid environments and can tolerate temperatures of 55°F - 85°F. Avoid temperatures below 50°F and above 100°F. Ferns love humidity so place near other plants or in a more naturally humid room in your house, like a bathroom.
The plant can grow fronds up to 2'-3' long indoors. Feed the plant once a month during in spring and summer when the fern is actively growing. Avoid fertilizing in the fall and winter.
Consider mounting this plant on a piece of wood to closely resemble it's natural habitat. Staghorn fern repotting is best done in spring. Avoid repotting often as the plant prefers to be root bound, only repot once every few years.
The Stagorn Fern can be propagated through division. Divide a mature plant by gently removing a few leaves and some of the root ball. Keep the division in a warm and humid environment until it fully roots.
This plant is non-toxic to pets.