Elk Horns (Platycerium bifurcatum) are exotic-looking plants which are native to the rainforests of New South Wales and Queensland. They are a fantastic feature plant for the small courtyard garden or for a sheltered area in the backyard.

How to grow elk horn in a garden

  1. Choose a place in the garden that gets filtered sun and is protected from the afternoon sun. 
  2. Choose an appropriate support for the plant. This may be made of wood, recycled rubber or an existing tree stump. 
  3. Tie the fern onto the backing with a soft tie made out of something like a strip of nylon stocking.
  4. After securing the plant to the backing board, place some organic matter between the board and the plant. This can be some potting mix, leaf litter or compost.
  5. Securely fasten the board and the Elkhorn to the wall.
  6. Feed twice a year with a half a handful of Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser by placing it directly into the centre of the fern.

Growing tips

  • Ensure that the plant is not allowed to dry out and keep moist especially in the warmer weather.
  • Keep protected from frosts and strong winds.
  • Brown fatty patches can develop beneath the fronds. These are spores which represent the reproductive stage of the plant.

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