Megan was able to get home Thursday before the sun set on the garden and took some photos of our latest mounted Staghorn fern, also known as an Elkhorn fern. Though this Staghorn did not have the botanical name with it, I believe it is a Platycerium bifurcatum. I am a little hesitant on the ID since the leaves are thicker and more leathery than my other P. bifurcatum.
I have a stash of driftwood that found on Craigslist from a retired artist. After playing around with a couple design layouts, I decided on the asymmetrical arrangement above. Using screws, I drilled the pieces together.
After testing how it looks in the garden, it was filled with sphagnum moss, and the fern was mounted.
Most Staghorn ferns are fine to stay outside in the Bay Area, and will thrive well indoors. They are hardy to just freezing temperatures, like bright to part shade light, and like a regular watering (a little less in the winter time). We are still undecided if this one is going to live in the garden, or in the house.
My baby Staghorns were outgrowing their plug tray. Last weekend I transplanted them to six packs we had laying around house. It is always a great feeling when we can reuse those nursery containers. These guys will be soon mounted and hanging. I have a Staghorn mounting class in the works here in SF. Stay tuned.
– Matti Far Out Flora