Plant Care Elkhorn Fern

Elkhorn Fern

4.4 out of 5 (34 experiences)

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

Also known as

Staghorn Fern


Platycerium bifurcatum

How to care for Elkhorn Fern


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.

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Calculate water needs of Elkhorn Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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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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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.

Difficulty Level

Elkhorn Fern can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Elkhorn Fern

Elkhorn Fern

Elkhorn Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


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 17
Elkhorn Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 9
Elkhorn Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 6
Elkhorn Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 4
@PrimoLimetuff avatar
leaf-1 33 Plants
xp 1,426 XP
globe Marshville, NC

I have three I just love my boys

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Survivor Survivor
@KE avatar
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 2,437 XP

So far so good with this one. I love the cork mount as it really adds some flair and makes it look like I brought a piece of nature inside. I’ve only had it a few weeks, so time will tell, but this has become a favorite. I make sure to mist the undersides of the leaves daily. It seems to love humidity.

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@Mars avatar
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 229 XP
globe Austin, TX

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

Survivor Survivor
@Maybe avatar
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 1,655 XP
globe Centuria, WI

Unique and traveled with me 1800 miles!

Survivor Survivor
@queenvee avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 2,237 XP
globe San Francisco, CA

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 3,724 XP
globe Albuquerque, NM

Its an attractive and hardy plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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@Giggles avatar
leaf-1 64 Plants
xp 1,267 XP
globe Lyle, WA

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@PlantLife avatar
leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 10,693 XP
globe Miami, FL

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
@GreenThumbYogiKimG avatar
leaf-1 50 Plants
xp 2,552 XP
globe Jacksonville, FL

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

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@sandstep avatar
leaf-1 27 Plants
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globe New Orleans, LA

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.

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