Platycerium bifurcatum - Elk Horn FernRegular price $12.00
The Elkhorn fern is an epiphyte, growing on the trunks and branches of trees. It gets its name 'Elkhorn' from the long green fronds up to 90cm long that protrude from tightly wrapped "nest leaves". The fronds have the texture of soft velvet cloth and turn brown when they produce spores, the nest leaves also turn brown as they age and make way for a new leaf to grow over it, this process is part of the plants growth cycle.
Current Pot Size: 80mm
Synonyms: Elk Horn Fern
Endemic: New Guinea and Australia
Light: Full Shade - Category 3-4 (please see our blog on plant light requirements)
Soil: Well draining, moisture retaining - Fern Mix (please see our blog on soil requirements)
Fertiliser: As directed on your fertiliser of choice. Fortnightly or monthly during the growing season (please see our blog on plant food)
Watering: Don't over water, whilst not letting the plant dry out completely. Let it dry to 80% before watering again.
Maintenance: They like humidity and to never dry out completely otherwise the leaves will become crispy. Airflow is vital to keep their fronds green.