Staghorn fern mounting is an easy indoor gardening project. A wonderful way to create beautiful living art for your walls.
Have you ever seen a wall-mounted staghorn fern?
I've had this one for a couple of years in my home office. It's doing okay but I've wanted to mount it on the wall for a long time.
This particular one is Platycerium bifurcatum 'Netherlands,' commonly known as Compact Staghorn. It's a tropical plant native to South America and Australia. So here in the north, we grow it as a houseplant. They are considered epiphytes which means that they get their nutrients and moisture mainly from the air?
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Staghorn Fern Mounting Instructions
First water the staghorn fern well.
Then remove the plant from the pot and pull away excess soil and some of the roots so that you don't have too big of a base to work with.
Place the fern on the sphagnum moss and staple one end of some fishing line to the side of the plaque.
Wrap the fishing line around and between the fern leaves from top to bottom and side to side.
Finish by stapling the end to the plaque.
Twist picture wire onto the loops on the back of the mounting plaque and hang.
Mounted Staghorn Fern Care
- Hang the mounted staghorn fern in an area where it will receive moderate light.
- Once a week take it down and give it a thorough watering in the sink.
- Try to water it at the root ball base and not on top of the leaves. So many plants have issues of root rot when they are watered from the top.
- Then let it sit there a while to drain (~ 15 mins) before hanging it back up on the wall.
- You can also spritz it mid-week, especially if the air is dry to add some humidity, with a spray bottle. Or if you have a sunny bathroom consider hanging your plant there.
I absolutely love the way it looks with bright green fronds gently arching over the pretty wooden frame.
Staghorn Fern Mounting - Creating Beautiful Living Wall Art
- Staple Gun
- Staghorn Fern
- Sphagnum Moss
- Mounting Plaque
- Fishing Line
- Picture Wire
- Water the staghorn fern well.
- Remove the plant from the pot.
- Pull away excess soil and some of the roots.
- Place the fern on the sphagnum moss.
- Staple one end of fishing line to the side of the plaque.
- Wrap the fishing line around and between the fern leaves from top to bottom and side to side.
- Finish by stapling the end to the plaque.
- Twist picture wire onto the loops on the back of the mounting plaque and hang.