Staghorn Fern, scientifically named Platycerium, is a remarkable fern cherished for its distinctive fronds and growth pattern. It hails from tropical and subtropical regions in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. This fern is a member of the Polypodiaceae family and it has a unique anatomy and ancient heritage, unlike most houseplants. It's fascinating to note that there are approximately 12,000 fern species globally, making ferns among the Earth's oldest known plants.
Staghorn Fern has two types of fronds - sterile and fertile fronds. The sterile fronds are flat, shield-shaped, and resemble the antlers of a stag or deer, which is how they got their common name. These fronds are usually green and grow outward to capture sunlight and rainwater. Fertile fronds, on the other hand, are brown and appear as tufts or masses near the center of the plant. They produce spores and help with reproduction.
Staghorn Fern is epiphytic, which means it attaches itself to trees or other surfaces but does not harm their hosts. When grown as houseplants, this fern can either be planted in a pot or suspended in hanging baskets. Its striking appearance fits in a variety of display options.
Staghorn Fern is easy-care, pet-friendly, tolerant of low-light conditions and perfect for beginners. It is also among the most effective air-purifying houseplants.
While it does best in bright, indirect light, Staghorn can tolerate lower light conditions. This makes this plant suitable for rooms with limited natural sunlight or spaces that receive filtered or diffused light.
Water your Staghorn fern thoroughly by submerging it in a basin of water or by pouring water over the root ball. Let the water drain out completely. Water when the top few inches of the mounting material or potting mix feels dry.
Staghorn Fern doesn’t grow in traditional potting soil. Instead, it thrives in an epiphytic mix, which is typically a combination of sphagnum moss, orchid bark, and a small amount of potting soil or well-rotted compost.
Maintain a room temperature between 60-75°F. Avoid exposing the fern to temperatures below 50°F. This fern loves humid environments (humidity level of 50% or higher).
Fertilize approximately every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Reduce or eliminate fertilization during the dormant season (fall and winter) when the fern's growth slows down. Apply fertilizer to the shield fronds, not the antler fronds.
Your plant will be carefully wrapped in a sturdy box. If your plant comes with a clay pot, it will be meticulously bubble wrapped as well. There will be wooden stakes positioned in the soil to support the plant and keep it secured during shipping.
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Wooden stake to support the plant.
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It’s advised that you should repot the plant as soon as you get it. After repotting, your new houseplant will most likely struggle with transplant shock. It may appear droopy, faded, or have a slower growth rate than usual during this time. This is completely normal, and it’s also normal for transplant shock to hit especially hard after repotting a brand-new houseplant. To make sure your plant has plenty of time to adjust to its new surroundings, wait a day after potting and water your plant. Make sure any excess water drains completely from the pot afterward. Monitor your soil’s moisture levels daily to start creating a watering routine. To help perk up your new houseplant, we recommend adding a little water-soluble fertilizer, compost, or sugar water to your soil to boost its nutrients and help it grow.