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Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi (Lavender Scallops)

Bryophyllum fedtschenkoi (Lavender Scallops), also known as Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi, is a succulent with upright flowering stems and…

Growing a Staghorn Fern in the Garden

Staghorn ferns are hardy in zones 9-12. That being said, when growing staghorn ferns outdoors it is important to know that they may need to be protected if temperatures dip below 55 degrees F. (13 C.). This is why many people grow staghorn ferns in wire baskets or mounted on a piece of wood, so they can be taken indoors if it becomes too cold for them outdoors. The staghorn fern varieties Platycerium bifurcatum and Platycerium veitchi can reportedly handle temperatures as low as 30 degrees F. (-1 C.).

Optimal staghorn fern outdoor conditions are a part shade to shady location with plenty of humidity and temperatures that stay between 60-80 degrees F. (16-27 C.). Although young staghorn ferns may be sold in pots with soil, they cannot survive very long like this, as their roots will quickly rot.

Most often, staghorn ferns outdoors are grown in a hanging wire basket with sphagnum moss around the root ball. Staghorn ferns get most of the water they need from humidity in the air however, in dry conditions it may be necessary to mist or water your staghorn fern if it looks like it is beginning to wilt.

During summer months, you can fertilize staghorn fern in the garden once a month with a general purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer.

The Best Botanical Gardens of South America

The rainforests of South America are some of the most diverse in the world. In many ways, a hike through the Ecuadorian rainforest is a hike through a wild botanical garden. There are two curated botanical gardens in South America that stand out.

Jardim Botânico

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Size: 133 acres
Number of Species: 6,500
Key Features: 140 species of birds also live here, and about 60% of the park is wild Atlantic forest.
Description: The Jardim Botânico was designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1992. This park hosts the largest horticultural library in Brazil with over 32,000 volumes. The greenhouses and shelves are home to many rare plants, alive and preserved. Whether you enjoy the wild beauty of the Atlantic forest or the cultivated Japanese Gardens, the Jardim Botânico has something for everyone.
Entry Fee: $7 Brazil
Hours: Mondays: 12pm-5pm, Tuesday to Sunday 8am-5pm, hours may vary during daylight savings time. The park closes on some holidays.

Buenos Aires Botanical Gardens

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Size: 17 acres
Number of Species: 5,500
Key Features: The gardens are divided into four main areas: Roman, French, Oriental, and Argentinian Gardens. The gardens are a national monument.
Description: This urban botanical garden was designed by a French architect in the late 1800s. The gardens include greenhouses, open-air gardens, sculptures, art, and more. Locals who no longer want their cats have a habit of bringing their cats here, so there is also a program to vaccinate, spay or neuter, and adopt out the newly homeless cats from the gardens.
Entry Fee: Free
Hours: Closed Mondays. September 22 through April 21: Open Tuesday to Friday from 8am-6:45pm. Open 9:30am-6:45pm on Saturday and Sunday. Stays open one hour later April 22 through September 21 for summer hours. Closed on major holidays.

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