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Platycerium bifurcatum - The Elkhorn Fern

Platycerium bifurcatum - The Elkhorn Fern

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The Elkhorn fern has stunning grey-green foliage that adds great texture and colour to your indoor space. A real beauty!

POSITION
Keep this evergreen in bright, indirect light and constant room temperature. It won't go dormant. With consistent care, it will grow year-round. 

SOIL
When choosing a potting mix, bear in mind the plant’s epiphyte habit, growing on other plants in its natural habitat, and choose a very loose, free- draining medium. Bark, grit and pumice or an orchid mix work well.

WATER
This is the most challenging care point for most people as they like to be kept evenly moist but not soaking wet. Because they’re epiphytes, their roots really need to breathe. Just think of how they get watered in the rainforest where it rains a lot but they’re somewhat protected by the plants growing above: it rains, they take what moisture they need & then it all drains off. Remember, they’re growing attached to other plants up off the ground.

MAINTENANCE
Repot in spring, when the roots have filled the pot. Move the fern to a pot that's only slightly larger. Use a pot with a drainage hole to prevent soggy soil. 

Feed during the growing season at a low dosage. There is no need to feed during the winter at all, as these aren’t hungry plants and you could risk damage.

The Elkhorn Fern is on the ASPCA's Non Toxic to Pets list. Yay! For more information about toxic and non-toxic plants please click on the following link - https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/a

Pictured here in a 13cm pot, it will be posted potted. 

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