Platycerium veitchii Mounted
sometimes called Platycerium lemoinei
"The French Staghorn"
species - Queensland, Australia
If you've ever wanted to try growing a staghorn fern, but thought it might be to delicate or take special care - this one is for you! It's a semi-desert grower in it's native Australia and once established, can withstand quite a bit of neglect. It will do well in bright light, thought it can scorch a bit if the sun is too direct and the plant is dry. It can also withstand temperatures into the low 40's and lower if it's protected a bit. True this one is better outdoors, but can be made comfortable in a sunny room. Outside, water with your garden hose or sprinkler system and give it some balanced fertilizer from time to time. It is normally a silvery color.
These are established plants affixed to a 6 X 10" piece of recycled redwood.
NOTES: It is normal for the shield frond, that flatish thing the "leaves" come out of, to turn brown and die from time to time. It will be renewed if the plant is healthy. Occasionally a lower fertile frond may also die. No worries.
Sometimes you may see brownish patches on the undersides of the fertile fronds. Those are the spores the plant uses for reproduction. Again, no worries.