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Platycerium superbum

Regular price£27.00

Medium / direct lightPet friendly

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Plant Bio

Platycerium superbum is part of the Polypodiaceae family and its native range is is E. Queensland to NE. New South Wales. This epiphyte has dimorphic fronds meaning it has both sterile and fertile fronds; the sterile fronds are green and recurving when old, they can reach up to one metre long and form a humus collecting nest. Fertile fronds can grow down to 2m in their natural environment. Unlike other species, P. superbum doesn’t produce pups, meaning if you wish to propagate new plants then spore propagation is the only method available. 

Genus epithet Platycerium is derived from the Greek 'platys' (broad) and 'keras' (horn), a reference to the antler-like fronds. Specific epithet is from the Latin 'superbus', meaning superb. 

Light: In their native environment they receive bright light that filters through the canopy. 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 superbum can handle a few hours of filtered sun.

Strong direct sunlight should be avoided, since it will make the fronds lose much of their strong green colour.

Water: Allow the potting mix to dry almost completely between waterings. If this plant is mounted, regular dunking is preferable.

Potting mix: A very well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark, horticultural charcoal and worm castings. This plant could also be potted or mounted using sphagnum moss.

Fertilising: Dilute your chosen fertiliser to half the recommended amount. For less established plants, especially if grown on a material that will not absorb and slow-release nutrients, the recommendation is to feed once a month during the active growth period.

Temperature: 21-24°C. Avoid temperatures below 15˚C.

Humidity: This plant would prefer higher humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.

Platycerium superbum is non-toxic.

 

Delivery & Returns

​General

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.

​Shipping & Delivery

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. 

Returns

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.

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Caring for your new leafy green friends

Dry Out

Dry Out

Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.

Watering

Watering

Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.

Light

Light

I need light to survive. Please give me light!

Cold Spots

Cold Spots

I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.

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