Our road trip last Dec/Jan took us to LA, and Rainforest Flora was on our short list of must see nurseries down there. Located in Torrance, their Tillandsia oasis was cooler than we could imagine. Yeah, we’re Air Plant junkies … Continue reading →
Our Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is already blooming…no way! Or is it? I checked online and just stumbled across another similar plant called the Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera truncate). Sounds like it’s near identical to the Xmas Cactus…but blooms a little … Continue reading →
I got a case of Staghorn Fern Fever and these guys hanging out in Golden Gate Park has the cure. The top bunch can be found in the Primitive Plant Section in the Strybing Arboretum, but don’t touch…….cuz they may have tracking devices. I heard about this, but thought it was an urban legend.
Staghorn Ferns - Platycerium bifurcatum
You’ll also find Stags in the Australian section (above) and I remember seeing some near the old Redwoods. Staghorns…also known as Elkhorn Ferns in some parts…will attach themselves to trees, but don’t actually leach any nutrients from their host tree. It’s strictly just for support.
Mounted Staghorn Fern
BTW, I’m getting excited for the Staghorn Mounting Class we are teaching tonight. Above is one of my old school experimental mounting techniques. Now we use all sorts of reclaimed wood.
I did a search for ‘Staghorn’ on our blog, and 12 posts popped up. Ummm, we really like these cool epiphytes. Staghorn Ferns (Platycerium) like to grow on other plants and things, but they don’t suck the life out of … Continue reading →
This guy has been blooming for the last week or two in our window that faces south. I love the little pale yellow flowers. We had another beautiful bloom in late May. This isn’t all of them. I’d estimate conservatively … Continue reading →