Large Australian Staghorn Fern, Platycerium superbum, growing on a Tree Fern, Cyathea in New South Wales, Australia

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Large Australian Staghorn Fern, Platycerium superbum, growing on a Tree Fern, Cyathea in New South Wales, Australia

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer At garden centers you may have seen staghorn fern plants mounted on plaques, growing in wire baskets or even planted in small pots. They are very unique, eye-catching plants and when you see one it’s easy to tell why they are called staghorn ferns. Those who have seen this dramatic plant often wonder, “Can you grow staghorn ferns outside?” Continue reading to learn about growing staghorn ferns outdoors. Staghorn Fern Outdoor Care The staghorn fern (Platycerium spp.) is native to tropical locations of South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Australia. There are 18 species of staghorn ferns, also known as elkhorn ferns or moosehorn ferns, that grow as epiphytes in tropical regions all over the world. Some of these species have naturalized in Florida. Epiphytic plants grow on tree trunks, branches and sometimes even rocks; many orchids are also epiphytes. Staghorn ferns get their moisture

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