Tropicals forum: Staghorn fern

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Name: Taylor
Ohio, zone 5
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Taylor696
Aug 29, 2010 9:01 AM CST
Here is my Platycerium bifurcatum, the Staghorn fern
It was a present from my mom.

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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 30, 2010 12:45 PM CST
They are so beautiful. I remember having one in our living room as a kid. Since moving to Southwest Florida, you see them everywhere outside and some of them are HUGE! Most people hang them in a tree for some filtered shade.

Here is mine. If you had to buy one this size at a nursery it would be very expensive; I was lucky enough to get this one in a garage sale.....

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Name: Taylor
Ohio, zone 5
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Taylor696
Aug 30, 2010 12:49 PM CST
I was tod that if you can have them outside, have them high up so people cant steal them, but who would even be able to lift them? Rolling on the floor laughing

They are beautiful!!

Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Aug 30, 2010 1:07 PM CST
Two people and a ladder got that one up there... and people do steal them by driving a pickup truck under them, and then cutting the chain. These can be worth $ 1000 or more when they get really big.
Name: Taylor
Ohio, zone 5
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Taylor696
Aug 30, 2010 1:18 PM CST
Wow!!

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Name: LeBug 6a
Greenville, In.
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LeBug
Sep 3, 2010 8:51 AM CST
I've killed a couple of these so I won't get anymore such a shame I love them so much!

I think my house is too dry in the winter and I keep the heat way down doesn't seem to hurt my Aroids but the ferns don't like it they made it in the summer and looked so beautiful then just went down hill after moving them in the house.

Yours is beautiful dutchlady do you have to bring it in the house do the temps go down in that part of Fl. and how in the world if you did have to bring it in would you get it on the wall it's so big Hilarious!
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Sep 3, 2010 9:30 AM CST
That one stays outside year round.
You are right: dry air is lethal to these plants. Misting them daily - or hanging them in the bathroom, usually remedies that.

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tropicbreeze
Jul 21, 2011 6:13 AM CST
Platycerium bifurcatum develops as a cluster of plants. If they need to be moveable all you do is split the plants up into manageable sizes. If they're in a permanent position they can be left to grow into a very large cluster.

It's Platycerium superbum that is a single plant that grows huge and can't be split up.
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Name: Fred Rump
Naples, FL (Zone 10a)
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Fred
Jul 23, 2011 1:19 PM CST
some of my stags in the trees

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Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Aug 10, 2011 12:01 AM CST

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Fred said:....stags in the trees

Sounds like a cartoon. I'm seeing a deer blind up in a tree, occupied by ...

I had one growing in my bathroom for several years before it died. Kind of heart wrenching to see it go. They're very cool plants.
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