Platycerium bifurcatum is nicknamed ‘Elkhorn’ Fern for good reason – its elongated, forked fronds look just like antlers. As it matures, your ‘Elkhorn’ fern will also grow shield fronds – round, plate-like leaves that eventually dry to form a protective layer around the roots of the plant.
‘Elkhorn’ ferns are epiphytes (plants that grow on other plants or trees), making them a popular choice for mounting. whether you decide to mount your fern or grow it in a pot, this fern makes an excellent houseplant that thrives in small spaces.
Ferns are an amazing way to bring lots of color and life to all gardens, natural areas, and lawns. They are great and will grow in areas where other plants cannot. They grow where the soils are moist and where they receive very little sun. There are also some available that grows in full sunlight. They range in color from light green to a very dark green.
Ferns are among the most beautiful houseplants. With lacy fronds and a classic texture, they work well in just about any interior design scheme, from country casual to formal. There’s a wider variety of ferns available than most folks realize, so there’s abundant opportunity to decorate with these houseplants.
Ferns look beautiful mixed together, but they’re also a wonderful choice to combine with other houseplants, especially larger-leafed varieties so you can enjoy the dramatic contrast in leaf texture. Pay attention to color, too — certain ferns pair better with other houseplants because of coloring, overall plant, shape and other factors. The good news, though, is that you can’t go wrong with ferns.