We are processing orders safely and securely but please expect small delays. Sadly, we are currently unable to ship to NI. LEARN MORE

Staghorn Fern

English name:

Staghorn Fern

Latin name:

Platycerium Bifurcatum

About me:

My unusual upper leaves resemble stag's horns, hence the name. My lower drooping fronds often have an unusual disk that catches insects for nutrients.

Useful to know:


I am a tropical epiphyte, originating in Australia, New Guinea, Africa, Madagascar, southern Asia and South America.


I can grow huge in the right conditions, eventually encircling whatever i am grown on.


I am from the tropics so unlike most ferns I like bright indirect light and humid conditions.


Never ever leave me sitting in water and please let me soil dry between watering. I must have a well draining soil.


I like normal room temperatures of between 16-23 degrees C. Please don't leave me in temperatures below 10 degrees C!


You can feed me a dilute fertiliser though Spring to Autumn


Trim shabby leaves, my disk-shaped, shield leaf will turn brown in time.


The most common cause of rot and losing leaves is overwatering. If I get black spots on the guard leaves, the can spread rapidly and kill me. This is a fungus called rhizoctonia so please use a fungicide or let me dry out completely and water moderately until the spots disappear.


Good news: I am pet-safe!


I can be potted into a piece of hessian sack with a small amount of free draining soil and attached to a board for a striking wall mounted decoration. Let the water run down the board rather than the plant and allow to drip dry before putting back on the wall.

Looking for another plant? Just want to more information about plants? Learn more with our Plantcare from A‑Z guides.

Looking to buy? Click below to search for "Staghorn Fern" in our shop.

Shop now