ID help Please and Care Info on new Plant

jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)February 23, 2010


I'm new to tropicals! (and house plants in general) I was Home Depot today and just couldn't resist this plant! It was so different!! Kinda reminds me of a moose or elk. Any help with it's ID and care would be greatly appriaciated! The first picture is it on top of my printer, to kinda give you a idea of the size of this plant! And the "brown table" is a TV tray.



Here's a close up of a leaf with the sun, it has interesting viens.

It's growing out of this really odd paper like pod!

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john_dr(SEQLD AUST)

Hi Jojo,

The plant you have has a common name of elkhorn fern and is a native of the eastcoast rainforests of Australia. Normally it is grown as an epiphyte on the trunk or branch of a tree. I think it should be in a bright but out of direct sun and fed with half strength fertilizer fortnightly in the growing season. Do not over water in the winter otherwise the crown may rot. Another common fern of this type is the staghorn fern.

Good luck as it may be hard to keep this plant in an airconditioned home as it likes a bit of humidity.

Hope this helps.


    Bookmark   February 23, 2010 at 7:09PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hi John,
Thank you for your help!
Hubby came home, took one look at it and asked if he should put a tag on it..LOL~

My cat isn't too sure what to think of it either. :)

I'm in Tucson, Arizona, fairly low humidity compared to the rest of the country. It does get up there in the summer.

We don't have AC in our home, so maybe it will do O.K. It was actually raised in a nursury here in AZ too, so it's fairly used to this climate.

You live in the one place in this world I would visit, if I wasn't afraid to fly. ;)


    Bookmark   February 23, 2010 at 9:01PM
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Oh my God.....I always wanted an Elk Horn to hang on my

I can only imagine what your husband

To think you didn't have to go hunting to get such a prized beauty! I almost bought one last week..They are so cool Jojo..

Because you bought it in a place that is use to the climate, it should do awsome for you..You have so many places you could put it in your warm climate...Are you starting amass a ton of plants Jojo?


    Bookmark   February 24, 2010 at 9:37AM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hi Mike!

Thanks! I just love it, it's so odd! LOL!
I hope it does well.. :)

Hubby certianly looked puzzled.. I think he's worried I went off the deep end..ROFL!!


    Bookmark   February 24, 2010 at 5:34PM
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heres my staghorn on the side of my house, pics are dark its 8pm here

they like shade, water and banana peels

    Bookmark   February 24, 2010 at 8:07PM
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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

Hi Mango,
Thank you for posting. Which direction is it facing.? The only good spot I have outside is facing west, and has a awning .

I did read they like banana peels. we eat plenty here., not a problem. :)


    Bookmark   February 26, 2010 at 9:34PM
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