Platycerium bifurcatum ‘Netherlands’ – Elkhorn Fern

A selected form of elkhorn fern which grows well in pots, forming an interesting and sculptural growth habit. It does well indoors, as well as for sheltered spots outdoors. It can be grown in hanging baskets, or tied to a backplate, or onto trees. Feed once a month with half strength liquid fertiliser, and keep moist but not wet. It loves leaf litter collecting behind it, and banana peels can also be added to boost the organic matter. Frost tender.

Scientific Name:Platycerium bifurcatum
Common Name:Elkhorn Fern
Plant Type:Fern
Height:0.3 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.2 ~ 1 metre
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Indoor, Container growing
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Dense foliage, Weeping
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage, Needs regular watering
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Attractive foliage, Wow factor






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.