The staghorn fern is an unusual and attractive epiphyte, or air plant, that thrives in the tropics. This means they don’t need soil to grow, so to showcase them beautifully, mounting staghorn ferns to any of a variety of materials or surfaces is a great choice.
Before mounting staghorn ferns in your home or yard, make sure you understand the needs of this unique air plant. These are tropical plants, so if grown outdoors, you need to be in a warm, subtropical to tropical climate. They grow large, so only mount in an area that has at least three feet (1 m.) for your fern to expand.
Your fern will need to be watered regularly, but should not be allowed to get soggy where it is mounted to a surface. It will grow best in partial shade, and a place with indirect light is ideal. With a good mount, the right sunlight, and regular watering, staghorn ferns are pretty hands-off.
There are various materials that you can use as a staghorn fern mount: a tree outside, a piece of wood, a wire basket, or fern fiber on the side of a tree. Even the side of a rock or the side of your house or garage will do for mounting your fern.
Regardless of the surface or material you choose, you will need to secure it. This means some staghorn fern mounting materials are easier than others. For instance, it is easier to secure a fern to a wire basket than the side of a large rock, but both are doable.
Along with your mounting surface you will need a growing medium, like sphagnum moss or anything else that drains well, and something to secure the fern to the mount. This could be metal wire (but not copper) or plastic ties. Position the base of the fern on the growing material and use the ties or wire to secure it to the surface mount.
An easy example of how to mount a staghorn fern is to use a wire basket and the side of a tree. Secure the basket to the tree, with nails, for instance. Fill the bowl of the basket with the growing material. Position the fern inside this and secure it to the wire basket with ties. The fern will grow quickly and cover up the wire of the basket, also emerging from its sides.
A staghorn fern mount is really only limited by your creativity and ability to secure the fern in place. As long as you can secure it well and it gets the right conditions of water, heat, and light, your fern will grow large.
It is easy to bring green into your home during these chilly months with an 8-step tutorial on how to mount a Staghorn Fern in your own space. This is a great replacement for art on your wall or an addition to a gallery wall. A staghorn fern is easy to care for and this easy DIY to mount a staghorn will be a breeze for any one looking to do it on their own.
Staghorn ferns are an easy house plant to have and they look gorgeous with their super long leaves. They feel modern and can work in nearly any space, or with any style. In just a short trip to the garden store you can pull off this gorgeous mounted plant for yourself or gift it to a friend as a house warming gift.
All you will need is the following:
1 Staghorn Fern – If you cannot find one at your garden store, you can order one here.
1 mounting board – We used a split log, but you could use any flat piece of wood. This is a great place to get creative and make it yours
1 a bag of Green Sheet Moss – if you do not find it at your store you can order some here
8 small nails
1 wall mounting device of your choice – this may depend on the surface you decide to mount on
4-5 feet of twine – found at most craft stores, but I use this twine stand and love it!
Hammer and possibly a screw driver.
First things first, you will want to set the hook that will attach to the wall. Whatever you decide to use is up to you and the mounting piece you decide on, but begin with placing that before anything else. Trying to do this after you secure the plant could be disastrous.
Next, find a round object that you can trace around for your guide for step three. We used a bowl that was about 5 inches wide in diameter.
Once, your circle is drawn grab your nails and equally hammer in the 8 small nails around the circle’s edge. If you have a bigger circle you will need more and if you have a smaller circle you will need less. This will secure the plant on the mount.
Before you place the plant, it is important to loosen and prune the roots some. This helps better absorb moisture in it’s new environment as well as adapt to the new surface it will call home. After pruning make sure to water the plant.
Once you have pruned the plant, place the fern in the middle of the circle of nails. We also took into account the direction of leaves, where the back hook was. By considering these details it will make the final presentation feel right. There is no wrong way, but sometimes one side of the plant will look better than another.
Now, grab the moss and pull apart a chunk, dampen it slightly and make sure to absorb any drippy moisture. Wrap the moss around the base of the plant to contain the dirt and roots of the fern.
Once fully wrapped, cut a long piece of twine and tie a knot on a nail. Criss-cross the twine over the base of the plant and wrap it around the tops of the nails with each cross. This will be the only security the plant and moss have so make sure to hit every nail and wrap around the heads well. We used a burlap twine as it had a natural feeling and blended well, but you could get really creative and use neon twine, baker’s twine in colors, or simply use fishing line. Choose whatever fits you and your style.
Once the plant is well secured you can now hang it. First, tested all three of our mounted plants before we hung them. We wanted to keep the concept of odds, a triangular shape, and lines of all the objects into account when doing this.
It took us about 5-10 minutes per plant to create. Corey also wanted to hang his Orchid because Orchids are also an easily mounted plant. It came out very modern, clean, and natural.
To keep your plant healthy, check the moss every so often to make sure the moss is moist. The dryer your home, the more often you will need to water it. Make sure to also place it in a brighter room to allow enough sunlight, however it should not have direct sunlight. When you do water them place them in a sink or shower and spray them to give them a rain-like experience. Then allow them to drip off the excess moisture. Once they are done dripping and not as damp you can replace them on the wall. I personally maintain my plants once a week in our home and it takes about 10 minutes on a Saturday to do.
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Cut down the liner in your basket enough that it will allow your plant to stick through the wire side. Add enough sphagnum moss so that your staghorn will sit near the top of the basket.
Cutting away part of the coir liner allows the staghorn to grow through freely.
Place your plant in the basket and gently bring the leaves of your plant through the edges of the basket. This allows the plant to grow out the side of the basket.
Carefully pull some of the fronds through so the staghorn fern can grow in its natural upright position.
Add more sphagnum moss on top of the roots. For a little extra beauty add bromeliad or orchid plants on top of your basket.