The most widely grown of all the staghorns. A hardy species from the east coast of Australia up to New Guinea, it can withstand outdoor winter conditions in much of Florida and warmer areas of the south and west with brief dips to freezing. The flat shield or sterile fronds form a smooth, rounded mound on the surface of a tree or on a slab, from which the long, deeply incised or ‘finger-like’ fertile fronds emerge. The fertile fronds can be up to 3 feet long and the clump as a whole can reach truly giant proportions. In Florida massive clumps, suspended from chains around tree limbs, can be seen in many gardens. Easily grown on wood plaques, solid or slatted, in orchid baskets, on driftwood or nearly any substrate that is sturdy enough. Open shade is best but some direct sun is okay, water enough to keep moist but not wet. Let dry some between watering.
Platycerium bifurcatum 'Netherlands'
The ‘Netherlands’ clone of Platycerium bifurcatum is a selected cultivar of this species that has become the most widely produced. Developed to be hardier, with stiffer leaves and more forgiving of ‘eratic’ watering, especially the nemsis of most ferns; overwatering. Physically it looks like the common form, but with a bit more silvery color and deeper incised fronds that reach about two feet long.
Like the typical form it can withstand outdoor winter conditions in much of Florida and warmer areas of the south and west and is exceedingly easy to grow. Please note that our 4 inch potted plants are big enough to mount to a plaque or basket and are a best choice as a starter for that purpose.