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How To: Mounted Staghorn Fern

Sean MurphyComment

We all know how much fun living in the heart of Boston is, but we also know city living doesn’t come without its drawbacks namely - that tiny apartment. Many times our customers come to us with the desire to “greenifiy” their homes, but with limited space to do so. Our advice to them- get creative! Challenge yourself to see seemingly unusable space as a place for plant life. For example, your wall! We know what you’re thinking, a plant on a flat vertical surface? Yes! Allow us to introduce to you the Mounted Staghorn Fern. Unique, hip and wildly imaginative- a mounted staghorn fern will not only save on space but add an impressive statement to your interior decor. 

Making a mounted staghorn fern is easy! We'll show you in just 5 steps:

                                                                          Mise en Place 

                                                                          Mise en Place 

You will need:

Wall Mount- a large piece of hard wood to be the back mount for the fern.  Here, we've used this weathered piece of salvaged driftwood. 

Wire- a good amount of strong bind-wire or twine to hang the mount and to bind on the fern. 

Moss- we've used a gray Spanish moss for a touch of mystery,  but you could also use a green sheet moss for a splash of color.  

Cloth- a sturdy breathable material, we recommend burlap.  

Step 1:

                                                                    wire is nice and snug 

                                                                    wire is nice and snug 

 Use the bind-wire to string up the wall-mount, leaving a loop in the back to hang it by. Be sure to tie the bide-wire as tightly as possible- this will be the only material holding the entire mount to the wall. 

Step 2:

                                                                      Swaddle the fern 

                                                                      Swaddle the fern 

Remove your staghorn fern from its grow pot. You can remove a good amount of the soil from the ferns base, it will only need a clump of soil around its roots. Next, wrap the soil and roots with your cloth and tie off the top with the bind-wire. 

Step 3:

                                                           place the fern wherever you like 

                                                           place the fern wherever you like 

Bind the staghorn bundle to the wall mount. Again, make sure you are binding the material as tightly as possible, however do not squeeze the roots of the plant so hard that they are cut. 

Step 4:

                                                                                 Voila! 

                                                                                 Voila! 

Hang up your mounted staghorn fern and enjoy! Remember to fully soak your fern once a week in the sink to keep it hangin' happy!  

Serena Fae