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    I found two growing on a tree in front of my house and transplanted them to my back yard. I just stapled them to a block of wood and they're doing fine. There's a really big one on another tree, but I don't think i could take it out without a lot of trouble, not to mention that it's pretty where it is. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/cool.gif[/img]

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    Mindmaze,
    You Found them growing in the wild in San Juan, PR? That's amazing! As far as I knew Platycerium andinum only grows in Peru. Perhaps P. andinum is not the only staghorn fern in the new world after all! Can you please post some pix for us? Especially the big one that you didn't cut down, could you note what species of tree, how high up is it, what kinda light does the fern get during the day. All the info!

    Also, do not try to pry that big one off (not only for conservation reasons-it has likely lived there for many years if it is very large) but botanists and their porters have been killed trying to prize a huge Platycerium off a tree and had it land on them! You don't want your hometown newspaper to read : Carnivorous Plant Hobbiest Killed by Fern! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

    They had a big one at the local orchid shop which was about 2 meters in diameter before they divided it up just recently. It was originally mounted on wood and suspended in the air, after so much time it became an enormous clump and a very impressive sight!

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    i grow mines on my palm tree , my palm tree clumps alot so i put some lfs beetween a clump and planted my staghorn upright and its very happy , it does dry out quickly but i'm always there if it needs watering . now i'm going to try to find some more staghorn to hang on the palm tree trunks to make things look more natural .

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    Swords, Staghorn ferns grow wild and plentiful here in Singapore also. You can see them on almost all the older trees. Some of the real old trees have numerous staghorn ferns and birds nest ferns growing in the branches.


    <""Staghorns are native to jungles in Africa, Madagascar, Australia, Tropical Asia and one species is from South America. ">> quote from internet.
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