Wednesday, September 16, 2009

African Oddity - Quite an attractive platycerium that produces pups easily.

According to Charles Alford's website, "An interesting plant that volunteered in my greenhouse years ago, has been distributed under the name P. 'African Oddity'. This African cultivar is very seasonal in its growth, often not initiating growth until summer. Superficially similar to P. quadridichotomum, it is much easier to grow.

This staghorn fern can take temperatures from 40 to 90 degrees - it is kept outside year long and prefers morning light or a dappled light all day with a mild breeze.

The mounting medium is AAA New Zealand Sphagnum Moss and then the fern is attached to redwood boards with 40lb monofilament fishing line, garden tape or other strapping material. When fertilizing - I use either Miracle-Gro or Superthrive every 3rd or 4th watering. As you can see this fern has about outgrown the 12 x 12 board that it is mounted on.

There are various sizes of the African Oddity that are currently available for sale. If interested please e-mail me at