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Platycerium alcicorne aka Elkhorn fern - EASYPOT

Platycerium alcicorne aka Elkhorn fern

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There are 17 different species of staghorn fern (Platycerium alcicorne) – which in addition to common staghorn fern, go by a number of other common names that include elkhorn fern and antelope ears. Each one has the antler-like foliage as well as a flat basal leaf. The flat leaves are infertile and turn brown and papery with age. They overlap onto a mounting surface and provide stability for the fern. The foliar fronds may droop or be erect, depending upon the variety of fern.


Water mounted ferns or ferns grown in wire baskets by immersing the root ball in lukewarm water for 15 minutes biweekly. Outdoor ferns attached to trees should be watered with a can or hose biweekly as well. The roots should be allowed to dry slightly but never completely before you water them again.
Protect your elkhorn fern from direct sunlight. Elkhorn ferns grow on tree trunks in their native environment, where they receive only dappled sunlight. Indoors, filter sunlight with a sheer curtain.