Staghorn Ferns

Staghorn ferns (Platycerium spp.) have an out-of-this world appearance. The plants have two types of leaves, one of which resembles the horns of a large herbivore. The plants grow outdoors in warm season locations and indoors elsewhere. Mounted or in a basket is how to grow a staghorn fern, because they are epiphytic, growing in trees generally. Staghorn fern care relies on careful light, temperature and moisture monitoring. 


Light:This fern likes bright indirect light, as it's used to having sun filtered through tree canopies. Use a sheer curtain or blinds to keep the direct sunbeams from damaging its fronds, allowing it to get 4-7 hours of light. The Staghorn Fern does not tolerate low light locations very well and will slowly decline in health, so during winter months you may have to move your plant to a sunnier location or closer to the window.

Watering: Let your Staghorn Fern's soil dry out slightly between waterings, without getting completely parched. Make sure to use well draining soil so that the roots can breath and aren't standing in water. This fern also absorbs water through its fronds, so misting the plant every day or two will also help to keep it hydrated!

Temperature: This fern will do fine in average household temperatures, as long as they do not go below 10'C (50'F). The Staghorn plant does not like being cold as it is used to warm rainforests.