Platycerium superbum

Staghorn Fern


Platycerium superbum is an Australian native epiphyte, found naturally in tree canopies of the Northern NSW and Qld rainforests. They have a limited root system, only large enough to attach themselves to trees.  In their natural environment, they collect nutrients from the atmosphere, rainwater and from leaf litter and insects that land inside their nest therefore they have minimal nutrient requirements. However they will benefit from the occasional dose of a seaweed based fertiliser to maintain optimal health and vigour.

Staghorn Ferns require a shady position with good indirect, natural light.  Sufficient moisture is key however in cooler areas such as Melbourne, less water is required. Good drainage is essential. Check the inside of the nest which should feel damp but not saturated.   If kept indoors, ensure a good level of indirect, natural light and maintain humidity by misting frequently.



DimensionsHeight: 0.5 to 1m, Width: 2m
Pests & diseasesOccasionally scale can be a problem
Typical sizes

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