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Platycerium bifurcatum is part of the Polypodiaceae family, its native range is E. Australia, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia. Platycerium bifurcatum have two types of frond, one is at the base of the plant and is shield shaped, this supports this plant and is responsible for breaking down debris (that falls from the host tree) that can be turned into nutrients. The second kind is drooping and forked like antlers.
The shield fern will eventually turn brown and dry up, don’t be tempted to remove it; this is a normal part of the ageing process of the plant.
Genus epithet Platycerium is derived from the Greek 'platys' (broad) and 'keras' (horn), a reference to the antler-like fronds. Bifurcatum means divided into equal parts.
For more information on Epiphytes, read our blog here.
Mounted on cork bark, Marine plywood or Cedar wood.
Bark sizes approx:
Small - Length 16cm Width 14cm
Medium - Length 30cm Width 10cm
Large - Length 40cm Width 18cm
Marine plywood size:
Small - 19cm x 19cm
Large - 31cm x 31cm
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. Platycerium bifurcatum can handle a few hours of filtered sun.
Water: Water crown regularly, allow the potting mix to dry out a little between waterings.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark, horticultural charcoal and worm castings. This plant could also by potted or mounted in sphagnum moss.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Humidity: Platycerium bifurcatum would prefer higher humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Platycerium bifurcatum are non-toxic.
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.