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How do you attach a staghorn fern?

How do you attach a staghorn fern?

Dampen the underside of the sheet moss lightly with water and wrap around base of the stag’s root ball until the roots and dirt are fully covered. Once fully wrapped, tie one end of the twine or fishing line around a nail and stretch it across the base of the fern to the nail on the opposite side.

What kind of wood do you mount a staghorn fern on?

Mounting Staghorn Ferns should be done on rot resistant wood like cedar. Because of the aggressive way that they are watered, and the fact that they are so closely connected to the wood, you need something that can last long term.

How long does it take a staghorn to attach?

Continue to water the plant about once a week during dry seasons, but no more than once every couple of weeks during wet ones. After about six months, it will probably have attached itself to the tree’s bark, and you can remove the fishing line.

What kind of moss do you use to mount a staghorn fern?

Sphagnum moss
Sphagnum moss and pine bark are regularly used as planting media. When mounted on a piece of wood, the Staghorn Fern is typically placed on the surface of the wood and sphagnum moss is mounded around the base of the plant to hold moisture around the root system.

How do you mount a large staghorn fern?

Squeeze the excess water out of a large handful of sphagnum moss, and put the damp moss in the center of the nails. Put the staghorn fern on top of the damp sphagnum moss, with the “antlers” facing up. Attach a hanger such as a hook, steel chain or sturdy wire to the back of the mounting board.

How do you hang a large staghorn fern on wood?

Tie one end of a strip to one of the nails, then cross it over the fern and wrap it around a nail on the other side. Continue crossing the strip of panty hose over the staghorn fern until the fern is firmly attached to the board.

What direction should staghorns face?

Staghorn ferns need lots of bright but indirect or diffused sunlight. This is best achieved by placing them next to the brightest window in the house. All directions are fine, but west-facing windows might expose the fern to too much direct afternoon sun.

Do staghorn ferns need soil?

In its natural habitat, the staghorn fern grows in rainforests in an epiphytic manner, meaning it clings to trees in a non-parasitic way. It doesn’t need soil around its roots, which only really serve an anchoring purpose: water and nutrients are absorbed mainly through the fronds instead.

How do you water a staghorn fern on wood?


  1. Soak your staghorn fern facedown in a sink or basin of water for about 5 minutes, or until the roots are fully saturated.
  2. Alternately, place the plaque in a sink or shower, and allow room-temperature water to run over the root ball until it is saturated.
  3. Allow your plant to drip dry before re-hanging.

Where is the best place to hang a staghorn fern?

A Staghorn needs to be hung or mounted on something that will support it as it grows. This can be a flat wooden plaque, a log, or a hanging basket. The plant needs to be secured to the support until the roots can take hold.

How do you hang a heavy staghorn fern?

Chained staghorn fern plants should only be hung from large tree limbs that can support the weight of the plant and the chain. It is also important to protect the tree limb from chain damage by placing the chain in a section of rubber hose or foam rubber pipe insulation so that the chain is not touching the tree bark.

Can staghorn take full sun?

Staghorn ferns need bright, indirect or diffused light to thrive, though most species must be protected from the harsh rays of the direct sun. We tell people to put staghorn ferns in the brightest space in their home where, again, the plant will not take direct sun.