Mounting Another Staghorn Fern - Pine Board and Moss - February 2022
I started this larger, more mature Staghorn with the same size board, but I used a larger bowl to make a slightly larger circle. Below, you can see the circle I drew in pencil along with the 1-1/4 narrow-threaded drywall screws that I put around the circumference of the circle. I used eight screws on all of these.
From there, I laid down a thin bed of Sphagnum Moss (soaked in water, then wrung-out) covering the circle I drew on the board. This is the base for the Staghorn Fern.
The ferns that I'm working with are currently set up in soil. And, what seems to be totally regular, ordinary soil. Not a lot of drainage - no perlite, no bark-like stuff in it. Not a lot of drainage. When I took them out of their hanging containers, the roots were soaked. This was a day or so after I brought them home - and I was surprised by how soaked the roots were. Below, you can see how robust the root system is currently - all locked in with soil. I took these two out of their pots and started to pick at them with some plastic chopsticks to remove the soil while leaving the roots (mostly) intact. I left them out on this tray for like five hours trying to dry the soil out a little bit. I worry that if left alone in these pots, the roots would suffer, so I'm glad I pulled these two out. (Have two more to work on, though).