Common Name: Staghorn Fern, Elkhorn Fern
Scientific Name: Platycerium bifurcatum
Watering: Moderate to Heavy
The Staghorn Fern is characterized by large glossy green leaves somewhat resembling the antlers of a deer. I really don't see the antler resemblance, but that's just my opinion. Overall this fern is a slow grower so don't expect dramatic growth.
The Staghorn Fern in its native surroundings doesn't grow in dirt. Instead it grows on rock, cliffs or sides of trees. This plant is commonly grown in warmer climates outdoors on a piece or wood, more characterizing its native habitat. As a houseplant it should be planted in a course soil mixture such as a sphagnum moss mix.
The Staghorn Fern prefers bright light so keep it within 5 feet of a window that receives sunlight. However try to limit the amount of direct sunlight it receives. The bright light should be filtered or non-direct to prevent burning the plant.
Staghorn Ferns prefer frequent watering, however you want to be sure not to over water the plant. You should water the plant in the center of it. To check if the plant is in need of water check the center of the plant. If it is moist then it's time to water again. Typically Staghorn Ferns need to be watered one to two times a week.
These houseplants also prefer higher humidity levels, so if the air is dry in your home, give the plant a nice misting every other day or so to help fulfill its humidity needs. However, mist the air around the plant and not directly on the foliage. If you spray directly on the plant, the foliage will get spots unless you wipe the foliage right away.
You should also try and keep your plant in temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Typically they do poorly when dropping below 65.