Platycerium plants are often called staghorn ferns due to their unique shape and the fact that their leaves grow in a flat, antler-like pattern. Platycerium plants are epiphytes, meaning they get their nutrients through air and water rather than soil. They can be grown outdoors in warm climates but prefer to remain indoors where it is dryer.
Platycerium plants don’t need very much light, and too much direct sunlight can actually damage them. However, regular misting will help keep the plant healthy and looking good. These plants also respond well to fertilization so you should look into adding fertilizer with every watering session.
When caring for your Platycerium plant, it’s important to note that they require moderate humidity and temperatures between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit. They should be watered regularly but not overly so. Overwatering can cause root rot which will eventually kill the plant.
Platycerium plants are incredibly fascinating, even earning the titles Mounted Staghorn Fern and French Staghorn Fern. These types of ferns use specialized structures - an inner rooting system and an outer air-gathering system - in order to thrive despite having shallow soil roots. They also absorb nutrients from the air, helping them survive without a soil nutrient source. Unlike other types of plants that grow sideways or downwards on rocks or trees, Platyceriums have the remarkable ability to stay perched upright against a flat surface or wall. Since they don't need much light, they can be a great addition to any bright room with indirect sunlight exposure, making them a favorite amongst indoor plant owners all around the world!