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The Staghorn Fern leaves
Staghorn Fern in a black pot
Close up of the Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern leaves closeup

Staghorn Fern

Platycerium bifurcatum

Regular price £29.00 £0.00

The Staghorn Ferns receive their name due to their wonderful antler shaped leaves. 

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.

These unique ferns make great feature plants thanks to their broad, distinctive foliage that grow upwards. Their fronds can both climb and trail once they grow long enough.

They thrive in high humidity levels which make them ideal plants for the kitchen or bathroom.

Growing pot size: 17cm plus hanging hook. We advise buying a larger decorative pot size as the lip of the hanging pot makes it slightly bigger

Overall plant height including growing pot: 40-45cm

How to Care for Staghorn Fern

  • With the right care, these low maintenance beauties will keep your home looking lush and vibrant. They even come with their own hanger so you can get decorating right away!
  • Bright, indirect light is preferred. Protect the leaves from direct sunlight to prevent them from burning. 
  • Let the soil dry between waterings,  let the water drain well before re-hanging it. Mist it often to maintain humidity. 
  • 15 to 25ºC are perfect temperatures. Staghorn ferns can be placed outside when the temperature is within this range. 
  • During the growing season, feed it monthly with a water-soluble fertiliser, in the colder months, it will only need feeding once every 2 months. 

The Staghorn Fern Story

Where is it from?

They are sometimes called ‘rainforest ferns’ as they are native to the tropical areas of Australia, South America, Africa, South East Asia and New Guinea.

Who is the Staghorn Fern?

Staghorn Ferns are epiphytic plants, in their natural environments, they grow on other plants and trees. Although your plant will be sent in a pot, once it has matured, it needs to be mounted on a board or hung in a hanging basket.

Good For You!

  • Self-confidence: Plants can be a great therapeutic tool. Caring for plants make us feel more connected and as a consequence care better for ourselves! 
  • Focus: Studies have shown that having plants in work and study environments improve innovation, creativity and problem-solving. 

Is The Staghorn Fern The Right Plant For Me?

Novice gardeners may feel a bit intimidated by the grand appearance of this plant. Don’t be fooled! They may seem fussy but they are a very resilient plant, perfect for those with not much experience!

They may not be the easiest plants to look after but your efforts will definitely be rewarding! 

Pets: Pet friendly 

How tall does it grow?  In its native environment, it can reach nearly 2 metres high and 1 metre wide. Indoors it won’t grow over 1 metre high and ½ metre wide.

Useful to know:

Origin

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

Height/Growth

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

Light

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

Water

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

Temperature

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

Feeding

You can feed me a dilute fertiliser though Spring to Autumn

Grooming

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

Care

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. 

Toxicity

Good news: I am pet-safe!

Fact

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.

*Decorative pots sold separately.

If you are looking for something unique to add character to your home decor, your search is over! The Staghorn Fern is the plant you’ve been waiting for! Get yours today!

Looking for care information?

Why not search our Plantcare from A-Z guide and Green Room blog for helpful information, hints and tips.