The Staghorn fern (Platycerium spp.) is a type of epiphytic fern native to tropical regions of the world. It is named for its antler-like fronds, which resemble a stag's horns. Staghorn ferns are commonly grown as houseplants and are prized for their unique, decorative appearance.
To care for a Staghorn fern, follow these tips:
Watering: Staghorn ferns absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves, so they need to be misted or soaked in water regularly. Misting once or twice a week is generally sufficient, but the plant may need to be watered more frequently in dry or hot conditions. Soak the plant in water for about 20 minutes once a week, or as needed.
Lighting: Staghorn ferns prefer bright, indirect light and can tolerate low light conditions. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch the leaves.
Fertilizing: Fertilize Staghorn ferns every other week during the active growing season (spring and summer) using a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the package instructions for proper application.
Mounting: Staghorn ferns are typically mounted on a board or plaque rather than planted in soil. To mount a Staghorn fern, use a mixture of sphagnum moss and coconut coir to create a bed for the roots to grow in.