Horn Ferns in Hanging Baskets
The staghorn fern is another great plant for
hanging baskets and planters.
Because they are epiphytic they do not require
soil to absorb nutrients, but rather they feed by absorbing nutrients
through its leaves.
So if you are looking for something easy care that
looks great in a hanging basket then the staghorn fern is well worth
considering as they do very well in hanging baskets and planters.
Properly cared for they can live longer than most
Staghorn ferns are tropical plants so if you
discover you live in Zones 1 through 8 and even in chillier sections of
Zone 9, the staghorn fern cannot be exposed to winter cold in your
region and must be treated as a conservatory or houseplant.
How to Make a Staghorn
Fern Hanging Basket Its Easy!
Choose a good size hanging basket at least a 14
basket ideally an 18-24 hanging basket.
Line the inside of your hanging basket with a
preformed angel moss liner
click here for more on Angel Moss Liners and how to order them.
the rest of the inside of the basket with an equal-parts mixture of
sphagnum moss, wood chips and potting soil.
Place the staghorn fern roughly 1/3 of the way down
into the mixture of moss, woodchips and soil, and pack the fern in
Choosing Your Staghorn
There are many type of staghorn ferns to choose
from here are a few worth considering.
Platycerium Andinum: This large gorgeous
fern looks great in a hanging basket but can also be hung against a wall
because all the leaves are on one side so if you are planting into a
hanging basket consider planting two plants for balance.
Naturally and over time, this staghorn fern will
pup and will eventually spread to cover your basket more evenly.
Platycerium Elephantotis: The fronds of this
staghorn fern look like elephant ears.
Platycerium Coronarium: This crown-like fern
sits on top of a slatted square mount and drapes over.
Platycerium Bifurcatum: From the mother specimen, a pup can be
cut off and used in a wall mount. This mother plant is huge, but is
still a great hanging basket specimen ideal for 24 hanging baskets.
Platycerium Vassei: This is a wall-mounted, unusual staghorn fern
because the back frond is green and not brown.
on Growing Staghorn Ferns in Hanging Baskets
Staghorn ferns love hanging baskets and hanging
planters, which lets the air circulate around them.
They need good-quality filtered light, but will
tolerate some direct sunlight. So situate your staghorn fern hanging
basket so that it receives bright indirect light.
Remember as they naturally grow on the trunks of
trees, they are protected from direct sunlight, at most receiving
dappled sun so try to replicate this position.
Ensure you do not allow direct sunlight in the
afternoon to fully reach the foliage as this will stress the plant,
result in yellowing brown leaves and your fern may even die.
Water the staghorn fern daily or every two to three
days from mid spring to early autumn, when temperatures are above 70
Pour, mist or sprinkle room-temperature (not cold)
water on the foliage and allow it to drip and drain away freely water
in the morning if you can so that the water remaining on your fern does
not chill overnight.
Allow your hanging basket to dry out between
Reduce watering over winter, so that they occur
once every two to four weeks.
Fertilize with a balanced, water-soluble product
with micronutrients. A fertilizer formula of 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 works
well. Read the fertilizers label to ensure micronutrients of iron,
magnesium, boron and manganese are also present. Mix the fertilizer at
1/4 to 1/2 strength and substitute this solution for a regular watering
once every one to two weeks during spring and summer.
Drench or spray the liquid across the fern with a
spray bottle until the solution drips away.
An Organic Pick Me Up for your Staghorn Hanging
Revitalize your Stag
horn fern with Banana Peels. Eat a Banana. Then lay the banana peel on
the dirt or moss in your hanging basket and let nature do its job. The
banana peel will breakdown slowly into compost and in so doing release
nutrients your stag horn fern will love.
Keep Your Basket Looking
Good - Trim Off Any Dead Leaves
any dying yellow leaves to remain on the plant before trimming them off
this way the nutrients can be relocated from the yellowing leaf to
other parts of the fern. Once the leaf is dead, it becomes brown it will
often drop away freely.
Ensure you do not cut away the flattened,
shield-like basal leaves in the fern clump as this is the natural
color of these leaves for most stag horn ferns.
Positioning Your Hanging Basket
As they will grow and grow be sure that when you
are hanging your hanging basket that you attach the basket well as they
some can become quite weighty.
As they like filtered light, and taking into
consideration their natural growing conditions many people grow them
under trees or porches.
Ferns on a Wall Mount
Besides growing staghorn ferns in hanging baskets
or hanging planters, these amazing ferns will also grow easily on a wall
mount, which lets air circulate around them.
Here as with hanging baskets - they need
good-quality filtered light, but will tolerate some direct sunlight
morning sun is best as afternoon sun can be to intense.
When grown on a wall mount the back plate(s) and
medium need to be thoroughly soaked. They also need some time to dry
out between waterings.
to Grow a Staghorn Fern on a Hanging Board
your plant out of its pot and shake off all excess matter. If Staghorn
is from a mother specimen, reach behind the plate, which is the sterile
frond shield, and remove with some roots on the frond.
Take loose angel moss or sphagnum moss and put a handful onto the
mounting board, a wooden frame.
Bury the fern roots into the moss.
Put pressure on the plate so that the plate and moss are making contact.
Secure the fern by tying monofilament fishing line.
Staple the fishing line to the end of the plaque and wrap the fishing
line around the plaque and tightly over the fern shield (plate),
allowing the fronds to stick up. Repeat this 3 to 5 times.
Once secured, staple the line to the end of the board and cut off excess
You will see the line, but as the shields grow out they will hide the
Growing Staghorn ferns on a wall mount is a great
way to compliment those grown in hanging baskets or planters. Let your
imagination run free with these great plants.