Elkhorn Fern (Platycerium Bifurcatum)
Styled in Sonny Pot Forest
Platycerium bifurcatum, commonly known as the Elkhorn Fern is an intriguing, elegant fern that belongs to the plant family of epiphytes. Epiphytic plants can thrive and grow without soil on the surface of a plant. Platycerium bifurcatum can hence be grown on bark or a wooden board.
The Elkhorn originates from New Guinea and can be found in southeast coast of Australia. It has multiple rosettes of fronds that branch out and split into two segments at the end. When its foliage mature, they turn brown and dry up. As a fern, the Elkhorn produces spores on the underside and at the tip of each frond.
To propagate this fern, you can simply use sterile cutting tool to cut a plantlet off, plant it in a growing medium, such as, potting mix, and secure it to a new surface with soft webbing, strings or pieces of cloth.
Size (Can grow to)
Large 80cm by 90cm on Wooden boards; foliage can grow up to 90cm.
Compact, slow-growing and requires a surface to grow on.
A bright spot with not too much direct sunlight
Medium. Don’t let them dry out. Take care not to over water, Platycerium do not like to be constantly soggy.