PLANTS BY TROPICO
18702 S W 168 STREET
MIAMI, FLORIDA  33187
305-233-3482    800-626-1067
FAX  305-233-0218

STAGHORN  FERN
PLATYCERIUM  BIFURCATUM

     The Staghorn Fern is one of my favorite plants.  Here in Florida we just attach it to a slab of wood, a metal hanging basket or a tree and leave it alone.  The plant is an epiphyte or an air plant that takes most of it's nourishment from the air.  It has two kinds of frons- a flat fron or a shield that collects the moisture and food for the plant to live on and a long fron that resembles a deer anthlers - hinse the name Staghorn.   This plant traveled all the way from Australia, the Phillipines, Malaysia, Africa and South America to add to our plant enjoyment.

     The Staghorn Fern does best in the house when it is mounted on a rough board.  The best way to water the plant is to plunge the entire plant in a bucket or pot of water that is at room temperature.  Let is soak for about 15 minutes and then let the water drip out.  Feed with 20-20-20 fertilizer 2 or 3 times a year using 1 teaspoon per gallon of water.  The plant does not need to be watered or fertilized during the winter.  In Florida when the plants get to be huge, we sometime sneak a banana peal behind the shield just to add some potassium

     Available in 4" pots, 8" hanging baskets and 12 by 12" plaque

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