planta h 19cm
vaso Ø 40cm
Platycerium Bifurcatum has two types of leaves:
At the base of the plant they are flat, shield-shaped, and sterile (they do not produce spores) and have the function of holding the organic material that is deposited on the plant. When this dries without breaking off, it is covered by a new one, and becomes nourishing material for the plant.
From the base of sterile foliage depart the fertile leaves (reminiscent of moose horns) that produce spores like all ferns. They are fleshy leaves, dark green and covered by a whitish bloom. They can reach remarkable lengths even about 90 cm.
It requires a well luminous place but far from the direct rays of the sun; the deer horned ferns tolerate also unfavourable light conditions, such as the shade or even the direct light of the sun, provided that it is supplied gradually.
Unlike most ferns, platycerium bifurcatum do not need too frequent waterings and bear even prolonged periods of drought; from March to September they are to be watered only when the soil is well dry, taking care not to moisten the base of the deer-horned fern leaves; during the winter they should be watered sporadically.
The crown should be frequently vaporized with demineralized water.
The platycerium bifurcatum can also be watered by immersing the pot or the support once a week in cold water and allowing to dry between watering and the other. On rainy summer days you can put the plant out to wash.