Elkhorn Fern, Takbokvaring (Afr.)
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Platycerium is a genus of about 18 fern species, it is epiphytic and is native to tropical and temperate areas. These ferns with their odd shape grow on trees and rocks and are commonly cultivated in tropical gardens, where they are grown for their attractive often elegant foliage. They do not produce flowers, but reproduce via spores that are formed on the underside of the antler-like leaves.
Generally not harvested
Sow spores when ripe (brown) on well draining medium.
Detach plantlets produced from root tips or runners as soon as nests have formed.
Plants need bright indirect light and moisture to thrive.
Mount on a piece of wood or in a basket, add a little mound of peat, compost or other organic matter piled up under the plant, tie the plant onto the growing medium with panty hose or plant strips.
South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Guinea
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Grown for their unusual fronds in trees or mounted on plaques and hung indoors.
The plant is prone to the fungal disease black spot, do not water over the foliage and minimize humidity indoors to prevent the disfiguring spores. Scale insects can also be a problem.
Can be mounted into various trees.