How to mount a staghorn fern

I love indoor gardening and finding new ways to incorporate live plants into my home decor. Living in Chicago year-round means the green stuff goes away for a solid quarter of the year so I rely heavily on my indoor plants to keep the mood tropical and homey.

Here’s my first stab at mounting a staghorn fern, thanks to the ever so helpful instructions from Sprout Home, which you can find in their book, Rooted Design, or follow my tutorial on how to mount a staghorn fern below!

What You Need

Staghorn fern (find at your local nursery or garden center)
Sphagnum moss (I found a large bag fairly cheap on Amazon)
Fishing line
Wood board/plank
2 sawtooth photo hangers


  1. Secure sawtooth brackets to the back of the board. I added one bracket at the top of the board and a second near the middle/bottom so the wood would lie flush against the wall.
  2. Soak a small amount of sphagnum moss in water, and wring out the excess water and set aside.
  3. Secure four nails or screws into your board about two inches from where your fern will lie. As you can see, my screws are just a touch too far from my fern so securing this little guy was a bit trickier than if I followed instructions more carefully! 🙂
  4. Arrange your wet Sphagnum moss in the center of the board, so that it’s shallow around the middle and bulkier on the top and edges.
  5. Remove the soil from your fern and carefully place it on the center of the board with the shield leaves face up/arranged how you prefer.
  6. Here’s the tricky part–Tie clear fishing wire around one nail or screw and then pull it diagonally across and secure to the opposite screw.
  7. Do the same for the other remaining screws, then mount!

I’m swooning over my finished product, this has been a dream in making for a few months so I’m happy I finally got my butt in gear and took the plunge.

Any home DIY or gardening projects on your to-do list?



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