A true conversation piece, Platycerium or Staghorn Ferns are eccentric and attractive looking plants that can be cared for indoors. They get their common name, Staghorn Fern, from their forked appearance that looks like deer antlers.
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Below is a general care guide for Platycerium plants which can slightly differ depending on variety.
Light & Temperature
Platycerium plants naturally grow in rainforests, clinging to tall, established trees. The canopies of these trees filter out most direct sunlight so indoors, they will also enjoy bright, indirect light.
Platycerium plants are mostly happy with room temperature.
Watering, Humidity & Misting
Depending on light, watering your Platycerium thoroughly can usually be done once a week. Soaking is the easiest way to do so. Run room temperature water over it and allow it to drip dry before placing it back in its spot.
Platycerium plants will enjoy having its fronds misted lightly on a regular basis. This will provide the much needed humidity for your plant.
Soil and Repotting
Young staghorn ferns can be started in moist traditional potting mix. Once they progress towards maturity, they can be mounted.
Platycerium plants can be propagated by spores or division. Large and mature Staghorns can be easily divided into smaller plants and be potted right away separately.
Use a balanced fertiliser formulated for houseplants. Follow the directions on the label of our Down to Earth. organic plant food.
Some Platycerium plants can be toxic if ingested and should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a Platycerium:
Spider mites, aphids and scales - When spotted, use neem oil or other natural fungicide.
Droopy leaves - This is usually due to insufficient water. Adjust your watering schedule.
‘Dusty’ leaves - Never wipe off what seems like dust on leaves as the fronds of your Platycerium have these natural furry grey down to aid with slow transpiration.