Platycerium is epiphytic rain-forest fern that adapt well if gradually acclimatized to indoor conditions.
Keep compost surrounding the roots gently moist at all times, ensure water does not splash on the antler-like fronds. Because the shield frond often covers the surface of the compost, the best of watering is to plunge the pot into a bucket of water once a week or to water it from below.
Feed mature plants once a month in Spring and Summer with half strength.
Platyceriums can be grown in pots when small. It becomes difficult to move them into larger containers because as they grow they wrap their fronds around the pot, that must be broken to sever their hold.
Propagate from spores that large plants develop from underside of fertile fronds and scatter on seed and cutting compost in Spring and early Summer.
There are 3 ways to grow a Platycerium. The most natural is to let it attach itself to moist surface of a piece of bark, another way is to plant it in hanging basket and third is to pot it.
Scale insects may be a problem. It can be treated by applying methylated spirits on a tiny brush direct to each of the insects.
It is natural for the leaves at the base of the main 'horns' to appear brown and crispy, new green one forms in its place. The down like hair on the leaves must not be removed or the plant will die. Never clean the foliage as it easily damaged.
In hanging baskets, attached to cork bark hung from wall, good conservatory plant.
Spray once a day, when it is grown in warm rooms or stand pot grown plant on a gravel tray.
Mixture of sphagnum moss, peat and bark.
Less than 2 percent of the insects in the world are harmful. Most are beneficial.