Plant Care Elkhorn Fern
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Elkhorn Fern

4.3 out of 5 (30 experiences)

Elkhorn Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Elkhorn Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Common Staghorn Fern

Taxonomy

Platycerium bifurcatum
Platycerium
Polypodiaceae
Polypodiales

How to care for Elkhorn Fern

Water

How often to water your Elkhorn Fern

Water needs for Elkhorn Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Elkhorn Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Elkhorn Fern

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Elkhorn Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Elkhorn Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Elkhorn Fern may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Elkhorn Fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Elkhorn Fern: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Elkhorn Fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Elkhorn Fern is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Elkhorn Fern

Elkhorn Fern

Elkhorn Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Elkhorn Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 14
Elkhorn Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Elkhorn Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
Elkhorn Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 6
Elkhorn Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
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@Mars
leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Austin, Texas
09/15/2021

Keeps living, but doesn’t look well. Very finicky

Survivor Survivor
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@Maybe
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 419 XP
globe Centuria, Wisconsin
09/07/2021

Unique and traveled with me 1800 miles!

Survivor Survivor
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@Veezpottedgarden
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 553 XP
globe San Francisco, California
07/15/2021

Easy to care for, adds a simple yet stunning splash of color to walls

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Silvia
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,724 XP
globe Albuquerque, New Mexico
06/22/2021

Its an attractive and hardy plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Seangrey23
leaf-1 40 Plants
xp 1,304 XP
globe Norfolk, Virginia
06/09/2021

It neat

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@Giggles
leaf-1 63 Plants
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globe Lyle, Washington
06/08/2021

I love the fuzzy crazy looking leafs! People always comment how cool it is!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Plantlife
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 6,741 XP
globe Miami, Florida
05/04/2021

Watching this plant grow over time reminds you that it has a history that reaches in to mystical forests. I love thinking about what it can become.

Survivor Survivor
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@Greenthumbyogikimg
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 671 XP
globe Jacksonville, Florida
04/18/2021

Needs bright diffused light but no direct rays of sunlight. Keep it fairly moist, be sure to water when top soil is dry. Mist often

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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@Sandstep
leaf-1 26 Plants
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globe New Orleans, Louisiana
03/19/2021

I always marvel at the massive staghorns you’ll find at City Park’s Botanical Garden in NOLA and my grandmother had one on the shady end of her pool that was the size of a basketball. She started hers in a wire hanging basket and the shield leaves wrapped around the whole thing. They will also attach to pieces of wood for a nice wall hanging. That’s what I plan to do with one that I have an indoor spot to try.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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