Striking tropical or subtropical epiphytic fern (plant
without true roots which relies on external support).
Staghorns grow naturally in Australia on trunks of
trees and tree ferns as well as on boulders.
Broad, deeply lobed 'nest leaves' clasp the support
they grow on and catch leaf litter, helping to feed
the plant. They are replaced annually by new
leaves which enclose the old. True leaves are thick
and pendulous (up to 2m long), often twisted and
Staghorn ferns are easily grown and hardy in the
open as far south as Melbourne. They grow well
and look good on verandahs or in bush or fern
FOR BEST RESULTS: Provide filtered sun, plenty
of moisture (overhead watering) and moderate
humidity. Protect from strong winds, especially hot
northerlies. Fertilise occasionally with a weak liquid
fertiliser. Small amounts of old manure or blood and
bone, as well as organic litter, are appreciated. Allow
to dry out in Winter in cooler climates.
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