Platycerium grande (Fée) Kunze
Platycerium grande, commonly known as staghorn fern, is a perennial.
The perennials reach heights of 50 to 180 centimetres.
Platycerium grande is evergreen. The mid-green, simple leaves are basal. They are obcordate with lobate margins.
Flowers and Fruits
Platycerium grande is native to the Philippines.
The perennials prefer a sunny situation on fresh to moist soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1Â°C (USDA zone 10). When cultivated as an epiphyte the plants are mounted on a piece of bark or a branch (e.g. Taxus or Thuja) and the roots are wrapped in Sphagnum moss.. Under glass use a mixture of bark chaff, Sphagnum moss, loam and coarse compost.
In summer the plants prefer high humidity, protection from direct sunlight.
The perennials are suited for cultivation in a temperate house. Suited as indoor plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
- For healthy growth apply liquid fertilizer monthly during growth.
- Water freely in summer, give little water in winter. allow the soil to become almost completely dry in between watering.
- temperature in summer should be 20 to 24Â°C, in winter should be 15Â°C.
Pests and Diseases
Scale insects that sit on the undersides of the leaves and excrete honeydew can be controlled with insecticide or biologically with parasitic wasps.
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃŸe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.