A large, majestic Staghorn Fern is nicely mounted on this hand-cut wooden plaque. The basil fronds that hold tightly to the tree or board protect the roots from damage and drying out. The fertile fronds have the unusual antler shape that gives this fern its name. It’s best to hang it up similar to how it grows in its natural habitat in the tropical rainforests. Staghorn ferns need cycles of soaking and drying out. This can be done by soaking the Staghorn in water and then letting this epiphyte dry out. It can grow happily for several years in a bright window with direct sunlight or outdoors in the summer months in indirect sun by hanging the wooden plaque on a tree. This is a large plant, as shown in the photo, mounted on a wooden plaque. Wooden plaque measures approximately 8” x 12”.
|Sun Requirement||Partial Sun|
|Minimum Temperature Indoors||50|
How to Mount your Staghorn Fern
• Mono-filament fishing line
• Slatted mounting board or box (12” x 12”).
Use pressure treated lumber, cedar, or teak.
Other woods can rot over time
• Sphagnum moss
• Heavy-duty tacks or staple gun
Steps to Mount:
1. If you’re mounting small “pup” plants, cut behind the sterile shield frond to remove the rhizome root along with the young plant. If you’re dividing a mother plant, cut behind the shield frond and lift out some of the shield frond and its roots.
2. Mound up a couple handfuls of sphagnum moss onto the mounting board. If your frond shield is very large use a larger mounting board.
3. Bury the roots in the moss.
4. Press the frond shield onto the mounded moss so it makes good contact.
5. Staple the mono-filament line behind the mounting board. Wrap the line around the board 3 times under the long fertile fronds and 3 times above the fertile fronds. Once secured, staple the mono-filament line to the back side of the board making sure its tight.
6. When a Staghorn is first mounted to a plaque, the mono-filament line will be visible. As the shields grow, they will hide the line.
I love it, love it! Review by Donalda
How do you rate this product?
The only reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because I had a Staghorn fern in California probably another variety and it had much more impressive leaves. I have had it for a little over a month and it is growing well. I live in Virginia and now that it is heading into November I bring it in at night. It is very much a conversation piece. I am going to have to figure out how to make a larger wood plank because it is growing so fast! (Posted on 10/30/2015)