I just bought a small Platycerium bifurcatum - it is currently in a
terracotta pot. Most sites I've looked at indicate that I can leave it
to grow in a pot, but that it would be much better if I mounted it on a
board. Is it a good idea to do this now, or should I wait untill later
in the spring when it is activly growing? The sterile fronds are about
8" in diameter, and it has eight fertile fronds of varying lengths. I'm
in zone 4, so it would spend most of the time indoors as a houseplant.
Yes, boards or baskets provide much better drainage,
though pots are okay if you can avoid overwatering.
Growing stags in a large greenhouse, I frequently
mounted them on boards during the winter when they
were dormant and less likely to be damaged, being careful
not to pack too much sphagnum around them on the board,
and to run them on the dry side until they start to
produce new sterile fronds (spraying the foliage, but
not the rooting medium, lightly on bright days may be
Thanks for your reply. I shall mount it soon then. Is it likely to have
formed a large rootball in the pot? How would you recommend dealing
with that when I mount it?
I'll go lightly on the sphagnum as you suggest. I'm in the habit of
keeping most things on the dry side during the winter anyhow (fungus
gnats can be a problem), so it'll be easy to do it for this too.
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