Instead of just having furniture, people use different materials to make the spaces they spend more appealing to their eyes. Generally, plants are preferred as a complementary decoration product in homes. Plants that bring a different atmosphere to every environment they enter, invite people to buy house plants wherever they see them with their various species. One of these plants is Staghorn Fern.
1) General information for Staghorn Fern Plant
Ferns (such as Boston Ferns) are a houseplant that maintains its popularity all the time. There are various types of ferns that look otherworldly. One of them is the Staghorn Ferns, which has recently increased the interest in it. Staghorn Fern, whose scientific name is Platycerium, can be found in parts of South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Guinea. The Staghorn Fern has two different types of leaves. One is similar to the horn shape, which gives the plant its name. It catches water with the open edge of its leaves and protects the roots from drying out. This flowerless herb can grow on trees and rocks. It is also found in gardens, especially tropical gardens.
It’s a well-known fact that ferns have very vigorous growth. The Staghorn Fern, on the other hand, can grow much than thought under favorable conditions. A mature Staghorn Fern can reach 60 cm. However, its maximum growth can be more than 1 meter. Staghorn Fern, which can live for hundreds of years in its natural habitat, can only live for decades when grown at home. Still, it would not be wrong to say that he has a lot of time to spend with you. The most common question in the minds of those who are considering growing Staghorn Fern is whether this plant is animal friendly. Fortunately, you don’t have to feel uncomfortable about it. That’s because the Staghorn Fern is friendly to pets.
2) How to Care for Staghorn Fern (Platycerium) Plant
You may have heard that Staghorn Fern is difficult to care for. However, this is not quite true. Once you know what they need, maintenance will seem simple to you.
Sunlight: You should grow your plant in low to medium light.
Watering: One of the most important points is irrigation. Your plant needs frequent watering. Because the Staghorn Fern cannot get water with its roots. Therefore, instead of the traditional method, misting the leaves.
Humidity: You should grow your plant with moderate humidity. If your plant encounters too much dry air, it will rot.
Temperature: In addition, if the ambient temperature is below 10 ° C, your plant will be very unhappy. You also need to pay attention to this.
Soil Type: Since Staghorn Fern is an epiphytic plant, you will need to mount your plant after a while. This plant gets its moisture and nutrients from the air. So the soil is not important. You can fill your pot with pine bark, sphagnum moss.
Fertilizer: You can grow your plant in a moist traditional potting mix with fertilizer diluted in water until it reaches a certain maturity.
Propagation: Ferns are one of the oldest plant species in history and reproduce by spores. Staghorn Ferns fail to produce seeds and are spread by spores that grow on the edge of their leaves. You can harvest this plant or let it spread as they please.
3) Keep in Mind: Common Problems
Possible problems: You can take a deep breath as the Staghorn Fern is pest-free. However, if you bring another houseplant nearby and a pest comes with it, your plant will be affected by spider mites. Another problem is the formation of black spots on your plant as a result of exposure to too much moisture.
Suggestions for problems: You don’t have to worry too much about that. You can save your plant’s life by using natural fungicides for treatment.