I’ve always imagined myself adopting, although I didn’t have plants in mind. But isn’t that what we do as gardeners? We share plants with others, especially ones we’ve had success with and love. I like to call it a ‘green adoption’.
So after a visit to a friends house and seeing there ginormous (is that a word?) Staghorn at their front door greeting guests, I was elated when they shared a few of it’s babies with me.
I spent an afternoon with some friends and Kid A to mount them. The essentials? Cedar wood planks, hand saw, drill, metal wire, metal wood screws, moss and potting soil.
Oh wait, last essential item, refreshments! A chilled bottle of wine on a hot afternoon was imperative.
My friend V had made this fabulous triplet Staghorn wall planter, so she showed me the ropes. She and Kid A cut the cedar boards so they were a bit longer than our baby Staghorns.
Then she placed a piece on the back and drilled it into the cedar planks to secure them together.
Kid A happily got his hands dirty prepping the moss in the water, then they added a bit of soil and wet moss in the Staghorn.
Voila, that was it. After a good dousing of water, they were happily transplanted.
Although I prefer a more natural, simple clean look, you can always add a bit of flair to your Staghorn design. Think different shapes, sizes and even color for the wood. Maybe a cluster of small staghorns together like family photos on a wall? After all, they do become part of your plant family.
And lastly, when adopting a new plant, I have to prepare the reason why it’s absolutely necessary to add it into my garden. You see, my husband thinks we have enough plants as it is. I know right? One can never have enough plants. So I gave him reason #137 why we needed the Staghorn fern – it added interest to this vacant wall. And of course, he liked it.