Staghorn ferns are epiphytes (air plants) and grow best in their native environment on tree trunks and branches. They need bright light and a cycle of saturated and then nearly dry potting media. (They are forgiving if under watered.) This tender tropical fern has an unusual appearance and growth habit with the typical velveteen leaves. May be grown indoors or out, as long as temperatures remain above 55º. Shipped in a standard nursery pot (pot in photo is not included).
|Hardiness Zone||9, 10|
|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.