Platycerium bifurcatum - Elk Horn Fern
Platycerium bifurcatum - Elk Horn Fern
Platycerium bifurcatum - Elk Horn Fern
Platycerium bifurcatum - Elk Horn Fern
Platycerium bifurcatum - Elk Horn Fern

Platycerium bifurcatum - Elk Horn Fern

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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. 

Shop all Platycerium or learn more about this genus here or check out all Ferns here

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. 

Postage is a flat rate of $18, spend over $99 and it's free! Live plants can only be posted directly to NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, SA. Plants can be sent to WA, NT and TAS via a plant concierge. Please see our blog on quarantine states for more information.

All plants pictured are considered an accurate representation of the plant you will receive. It represents the rough size, colour and condition. These are plants however and due to changes in climatic conditions and plant variation there will be minor differences.

We are now adding in 'Transport risk' in the product description as some plants are more delicate than others and/or find transport stressful. We will rate in terms of Low, Medium or High risk and discuss specifically to the plant in question. If this information is not provided yet please feel free to reach out via email to ask. Please also note that if plants are sent with new leaves that haven't had the chance to harden off they are susceptible to physical damage in transit as the slightest touch can cause it. 

Please note that we use 'Bugs for Bugs' regularly as a preventative control measure for pests. These predatory bugs are administered in vermiculite. This vermiculite is sprinkles onto the leaves and sometimes remains. 

We know that sometimes it's hard to get an idea of the size of the plant your are purchasing. Photos can make plants look bigger than they actually are. That's why we've made it easy. In each listing you will notice a photo with a background with lines drawn. These lines are distanced 5cm away from each other and the photographs are taken straight on with products against the wall. These photos will be the best indicator of size.