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  • Eventual height: 0.9m
  • Eventual spread: 0.8m

Platycerium bifurcatum

common staghorn fern

RHS award of garden merit
18cm hanging pot £29.99
  • Position: bright indirect light
  • Rate of growth: slow
  • Hardiness: tender (indoors only)
  • Current height: approximately 35cm (+ or - 10% including the pot)
  • Pot: supplied in a hanging pot ready to hang

    In its natural environment, this unusual (epiphytic) fern would usually be found attached to the branches or stem of a tree, but these ones have been potted up into hanging baskets so they can easily be displayed in the home. The combination of their flattened sterile fronds and gently arching, elkhorn-like fertile fronds is both dramatic and elegant - and will help to bring a tropical feel to the display.

  • Home care: Ideally suited to a humid environment, these plants should be kept well watered in summer, and misted with water on a regular basis - particularly in winter when the central heating is turned on. Maintain temperatures above 10°C in winter and repot when necessary using a freely draining mix of equal parts leaf mould, sphagnum moss, charcoal and loam.
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