Staghorn Fern ID?

wandering_willow(6 NYC)October 23, 2010

Hi Everyone, my boyfriend just bought me a beautiful staghorn fern in a hanging basket for my birthday, and I am hoping someone here can help me figure out what type it is and how best to care for it! I posted before in the Fern forum, but got no answers, so I was hoping for better luck her. I really want to do right by it, it is so beautiful!

I am sort of considering mounting it, but am afraid to hurt it - does anyone have any recommendations as to whether or not I should, and if I should how best to do it?

Thanks in advance!

Here are the pictures :) I'm sorry they are big, I cannot figure out how to resize them...

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mrmothernature

It could be a Platycerium andinum or P. holttumii. They are hard to distinguish. Both have similar care requirements - lots of warmth, moisture and bright indirect light. It would look better mounted, but that could be difficult because it looks like it is in a fairly large pot with a substantial rootball and because it is an upright growing plant.

I suggest that you wait at least 6 months until it has had enough time to adapt to its (your) new home and you have had time to learn how to manage its requirements.

Will Creed

    Bookmark   October 24, 2010 at 8:35PM
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wandering_willow(6 NYC)

Thank you so much for responding! I will definitely way the 6 months, I don't want to upset it! I like it very much, I really hope I can do right by it! I will follow your advice of keeping it warm/moist and in indirect sun! Luckily that's what I've done so far based on generic staghorn information I looked up... So far it seems happy enough, but it's only been with me two weeks...

Thanks again for your help!!

    Bookmark   October 24, 2010 at 8:55PM
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