Experience unique and exotic indoor greenery with the Staghorn Fern (Platycerium). This epiphytic fern is native to tropical regions around the world and is known for its distinctive, antler-shaped fronds that grow up to several feet in length. Staghorn Ferns can be grown indoors as well as outdoors, making them a great choice for any plant enthusiast.
Staghorn Ferns prefer bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light conditions. Direct sunlight should be avoided, as it can scorch the leaves. Place your Staghorn Fern near a window that receives bright but filtered light, or under a shaded outdoor area.
Staghorn Ferns are unique in that they are epiphytic, meaning they grow on other plants and trees rather than in soil. Therefore, they require a different watering approach. Mist the leaves and root ball with water frequently to keep them moist, but not soaking wet. You can also soak the entire plant in water for a few hours every few weeks to ensure it is hydrated.
Since Staghorn Ferns do not grow in soil, there is no need to worry about soil quality or type. Instead, they are mounted onto a board, hung in a basket or pot, or attached to a piece of wood or bark. The mounting material should be kept moist, but not too wet, to allow the fern to absorb moisture and nutrients.