I always admire the staghorn ferns in the fern passage at Longwood Gardens. I’ve grown one of these beautiful plants for about six months in an ordinary garden pot. After a recent visit to the gardens, I was inspired to mount and display it properly.
Staghorn ferns do not need a lot of compost. I used soil amended with vermiculite and perlite to lighten the weight.
I planned on displaying my fern on my living room wall, but didn’t want to use a natural basket or piece of wood due to possible water stains. I found a good alternative in a wire basket that I had on hand. My first step was to line the bottom with coffee filters to keep the soil in bounds.
The root system is not large in comparison to the rest of the plant. It fit perfectly in the small narrow basket.
I planted the fern at an angle, allowing the fronds to cascade over the sides.
Chair leg pads were a good choice to keep the basket off of the wall. These are self-stick and only took a moment to apply.
I was pleased with the display after it was hung on the wall. I will update the progress as the fern grows.