platicerium (deer antler, platoros) / platycerium
It belongs to the family of ferns.
General description : Decorative leafy plant. Platicerium is an epiphytic fern, it is usually bred on pieces of bark or in hanging baskets. Its external appearance is quite different from other ferns. He owns sporiferous wai in the form of horns and wai, which serve him as a support on the trunks of trees. In addition, he feeds with their help.
The most common are:
Platycerium grande (Platicerium large) has a fan-shaped upright leaf (vayu) up to 1.5 m wide, divided into lobes of pale green color at the ends.
Platycerium bifurcatum (Platicerium dvuhvchatchaty or salmonogy) has a very spectacular horn-like vai grayish-green color.
Recommendations for the care of the plant Platicerium:
Illumination : Needs bright but diffused light.
Irrigation mode : It is recommended to irrigate by immersing the pot in a pan with water until it is full of saturation.
Water with warm, soft water.
Humidity : Loves high humidity, but doesn’t quite like spraying. In no case do not need to wipe the leaves. It is possible to damage micro hairs with which platicerium traps moisture from the atmosphere. It is better to spray the atmosphere around the plant and arrange around a container with water.
Temperature conditions : In the summer, optimally 18-25 ° C, in the winter, not lower than 15 ° C. Loves fresh air, but without drafts.
Soil : A good mix of orchids. Themselves allowed to prepare the substrate of coarse-fiber peat, sphagnum moss and semi-matured leaf land. It is better to grow platitserium on a piece of bark. if it is placed in a hanging basket, few rotters from deciduous trees are added to the soil.
In the period of growth needs fertilizing 1 time every two weeks with fertilizer for houseplants in half portions.
Breeding : Spores and germinal buds formed at the roots.
Transplantation : Transplanted in the spring, at what time the pot is made close (the roots begin to grow through the drainage holes).
Pests : Affected by scutes (brown plaques appear on the leaves and stems, leaving sticky secretions).
Recommended spraying insecticide solution (actellic, decis, fitoverm, etc.).
Platicerium (deer horn, Planor) - platycerium