Impressive dramatic epiphyte (that's tree-dweller) that will add grandeur and a sense of history to your tropical garden. Tie a small leaf to a tree or a hanging basket, and it will grow into giant antlers. Needs shelter and protection in southern and colder zones but very easy-going in subtropical ones.
DESCRIPTION: Native epiphyte fern with a nest of broad fan-shaped leaves above, hanging down and heavily divided like a stag or elk antler below. Compact version of the species staghorn which can get to twice the size. USES: Add drama and a sense of age to a garden. PLANTING: Tie it into a tree branch where it can get dappled light and not deep shade. CARE:Needs humidity and temperatures above 5C. In dry summer weeks, give it a watering; add diluted seaweed solution every months. Reduce any watering and feeding in winter. Some gardeners chuck in cold tea leaves or banana skins into the nest to feed the plant. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 60 cm H x 1 m W. YOUR PLANTS: May be supplied as 'plugs', slightly smaller than our usual tubestock but with a healthy root system ready for planting or potting on. Leaves are strappy when young and develop the distinctive divided fronds as they mature.