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Stag Horn Fern

Platycerium

  • Family name:  Polypodiaceae
  • Origin:  South America, Africa
  • Size:  Varies by species, relatively large size with many about 3 feet or larger wide
  • Rarely grown in pots, natural, epiphytic growth habit makes them well suited for mounting on slabs of wood, tree fern fiber, or wire baskets
  • Fronds round, kidney shaped or round, thick fleshy gray to green
  • Shade to partial shade, drought tolerant epiphyte, meaning it gets moisture and nutrients from the air
  • Flourishes in warm, humid climates, water once a week during warm, dry weather and less frequently during cool or cloudy weather. wait until your fern wilts slightly before watering
  • Many species can't tolerate temperatures below 55°F, usually grown in USDA zones 9b – 11, some species can withstand temperatures as low as 30°F
  • Can benefit from the application of a fertilizer with a 1:1:1 ratio
  • Fairly pest free

Stag Horn Fern