Mount up – Love Notes {Day 15}

How to mount a staghorn fern

The first time I saw a staghorn fern I fell in love. It was such a beautiful, majestic plant! My hubby found one for Mother’s Day.  My lone plant hung on the wall and soaked up the indirect sunlight for over a year. But he needed a family.

I ordered a couple more plants from here, determined to bring more fresh air and growing beauty into our home — especially as the weather turns colder and green fades to brown and eventually, snow. I decided to mount my new babies on boards just like my first fern. You can, too — you’ll need:

  • baby staghorn plant
  • four screws & a screwdriver
  • mounting board (a 12-inch squarish board will do just fine, but I traced out a trophy mount shape)
  • sphagnum moss
  • fishing line
  • spritzer bottle

How to mount a staghorn fern with fishing line and moss

Turn screws into the board in a square shape, leaving about 1/4 inch sticking out from the board. Then remove the fern from its pot and firmly situate it in the center of your mounting board.

How to mount a staghorn fern

Gently but firmly mound wet sphagnum moss at the base of the plant. Be sure to cover all of the loose dirt and mound it up a bit underneath to catch run-off moisture. (The spray bottle comes in handy here. Spray the moss to dampen, mist the leaves of your fern to make it happy.)

How to mount a staghorn fern

Next, tie one end of your fishing line to any screw, then begin to wrap it in diagonal fashion, gently pulling tight and wrapping around opposite screws in a crisscross pattern.

How to mount a staghorn fern with fishing line and a board.

I went back and forth, up and down, side-to-side an awful lot to make sure the plant didn’t slip, and that the moss completely covered and held the root ball in place.

How to mount a staghorn fern

Then, wrap the end of the fishing line around a screw, tie and secure. Take clumps of damp moss and tuck in and under the fishing line until it’s difficult to see. Except for the corners, the line will be mostly covered in moss.

Give the entire plant a good spritzing. Screw a picture-hanging mount to the back of the board or attach wire around the top screws, and hang.

Staghorn ferns like bright but indirect sunlight and moist, humid conditions. Water in the center, and constantly mist your plant to help it feel at home in your house instead of its native tropical location!

How to mount a staghorn fern

A staghorn fern will grow rather large and the leaves will continue to lengthen, develop prongs and droop, almost like moose horns. But it’s called a staghorn fern … go figure! At any rate, it closely resembles this …

Antlers mounted

You can see the similarities, kinda sorta.

{Day 15} – Add a living, breathing, green thing to your home. Just a little extra touch that brightens a room, benefits your family and adds a love note to your inside days. Which indoor plants do YOU love?

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3 Comments

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    crafty_cristy October 15, 2013 (7:37 pm)

    I love peace lilies. I haven’t got one right now and I miss it.

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    crafty_cristy October 15, 2013 (7:40 pm)

    Sorry. I should have added, “I really like this. I have never seen a staghorn fern. And what a neat way to display it.”

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      Jennifer Kiko October 16, 2013 (10:48 am)

      Thanks, Cristy! I do believe you can grow them in pots, too, but I thought I’d try this method first. You should check Amazon for peace lilies — who knows! 🙂