Mounting Staghorn and Elkhorn Ferns - October 2022
Number 8 on my 2022 to-do list for the season was to 'do more with houseplants'. I talked about repotting a cactus, working with my topiary and mounting some Staghorn Ferns. I recently covered the current state of the Mickey Mouse standing Creeping Fig Vine topiary, so that's in a good place. I haven't gotten around to the Firesticks cactus repotting, but maybe that's a Winter-time project. I've also continued to prune the Umbrella plants in our kitchen, so let's call that bonsai-adjacent.
The most recent project in this category has to do with Staghorn Ferns.
What started with a single, potted Staghorn Fern turned into a houseplant project and set of gifts for people in our life. I bought five new potted Staghorn Ferns this Spring and ended up mounting (in total) four of them. Giving two away, that left me with two mounted Staghorn Ferns and two potted ones.
The smallest mounted fern that I kept perished and died.
The larger one, well...it wasn't thriving.
What is so striking about that is that the pair that I gave away? They're flourishing. The one at my Mom's house is - in particular - really amazing and has even put on a brand new, massive shield frond.
Mine? Not so much.
But, after being in decline, having mold pop up and then spending the Summer outside on our front porch, what did I see? Just the tiniest bit of new, frond growth. Could this be turning the corner? Or, is coming in for Winter going to be the path towards total decline? I'm not sure, but I'll be actively managing this one. You can see these new, small fern fronds in the photo below: