Staghorn Ferns: Mounting and Care

by John R.

 

The common staghorn fern, Platycerium bifurcatum, is an epiphytic species native to New Guinea and Australia. Striking, long grayish-green “antler” fronds (fertile) give the staghorn fern it’s name. Another type of frond, the shield frond (sterile),  starts out soft and green and matures into a hard, brown shell that protects the plant’s small root system. In their natural environment you would find them growing in trees or on other plants so we best mimic this indoors by hanging them using wood plaques and baskets. Read more