Giant Staghorn Fern
Native to tropical regions, where they grow on trees. In gardens, these grow best mounted on slabs of bark or tree fern stem, in hanging baskets, or attached to trees. To thrive, they need regular water, very well drained soil, and strong indirect light. Plants have two kinds of fronds. Sterile fronds are flat, pale green, aging to tan and brown; they support the plant and accumulate organic matter to provide nutrients. Fertile fronds are forked, resembling deer antlers (hence the common name). Difficult to grow under normal houseplant conditions, but possible in a garden room, sun porch, or attached greenhouse where direct sun can be filtered by a sheer window covering. Water thoroughly but not often. Check moisture levels by pressing on the sterile brown frond base; water only when dry. Apply balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during growing season.Platycerium superbum
From Australia. To 6 ft. tall, with 5 ft. spread. Broad, gray-green fertile fronds are spreading or pendent; often forked several times, resembling moose antlers.Sterile fronds are deeplylobed. Protect from frosts.
Hawaiian native. There are many forms of this plant, from ground covers to shrubs 10 ft. high and near...
Native to Polynesia and southern Asia; has naturalized in Hawaii, where it has been designated the sta...
From Hawaii, Australia. Occurs naturally in dry, exposed locations. Spreading, trailing plant grows to...