Few things can bring such an exotic bohemian vibe to a room than wall mounted Staghorn fern, one of my favorite favorite plants!
It is so easy to care for, and it brings a slice of jungle paradise into our homes.
Before we move to a tropical island someday, I am quite happy staring at our Staghorn ferns and daydreaming about lush rainforests…
Staghorn ferns (Platyceriums ) got their names because of the dramatic fronds shaped like animal horns. They are epiphytes, which means they grow harmlessly upon another plant (such as a tree) and derives moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, and debris accumulating around it.
All we need to do is to mimic their natural habitat, and they will happily settle into our homes.
1 . some scrap wood to build a mounting base, we used some pallet scrap from our pallet patio remodel which you can see here!
3. for mounting: clear fishing line
We build the mounting panels by cutting the wood into 18″ long slats, painting them and attaching them to two horizontal 1x4s as braces on the back side with wood screws.
Tie some wire or fishing lines to the screws for hanging.
Staghorn Fern plants can be purchased at nurseries, or propagated from a mother plant.
Mature plants in a tropical climate can reach a majestic 200 pounds. But no worries, our little plant will take a very long time to get there.
Make our built-in-reservoir by cutting of the bottom off the water bottle, and poke some holes on the cap and on the sides all the way to the top. Leave the cap screwed on tightly. This will allow the water to seep through all the holes slowly.
It’s also used in our yummy strawberry tower which you can check out here.
Wrap the moss or coir around the bottle’s sides and bottom, and secure with clear fishing lines.
Secure the fern by tying clear fishing lines around the plates and the wood slats.
Press on the plate so that the Staghorn fern plate and peat moss / coco coir are making good contact.
Hang them in a bright spot, some morning or late afternoon sun is fine. Water once a week in cool weather, and twice a week when it’s hot. To water, simply place them standing in a sink and pour water into the “reservoir”, wait and repeat a few times till the growing medium is fully hydrated. Wipe the frames dry and hang them back on the wall.
You can also stain the wood slats with these home-made wood stains-
Another fun way to use scrap wood: make them into wall art with some free vintage seed packet printables!
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