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Tips for Growing Staghorn Ferns in Hanging Baskets: Best Baskets, Fertilizer, and Mounting Techniques

Brighten up your bathroom with the staghorn fern, now easily mountable to your black metal fruit bowl with metal wire! The fern will need a good soak of water every once in a while, and make sure you use potting mix and clump of sphagnum moss to keep the fronds exposed. Plus, don’t forget to place a banana peel between the fern and its mount! Read on to find out more about this air-freshening plant and how to keep it in the ideal environment.

The Best Place for Your Staghorn Fern

Now that you have your staghorn fern ready to hang, it’s important to know where the best place for it is. Staghorns do best in bright, indirect light and need a combination of misting and watering to help them thrive. To mimic their natural habitat, try keeping the mounted plant in a bright room away from direct sunlight. You should water your staghorn about once a week for optimal growth.

Choosing the Right Hanging Basket

The best hanging basket to use for a staghorn fern is a wire basket. These baskets are shaped like large bowls and have metal wires forming the bottom of them. The wires allow for air circulation and drainage, which are necessary for the plant’s health. Steel chain is preferred for large hanging plants because rope can become weathered and weak over time. When choosing a steel chain, make sure it is strong enough to support the weight of your staghorn fern.

Ideal Growing Conditions

Surprisingly, a bathroom is actually an ideal place for a staghorn fern to grow. It has all the required elements for the plant to thrive: bright light, high humidity, and plenty of air circulation. The staghorn fern can be mounted high on a wall in your bathroom and it will quickly become an air-freshening addition to your space.

Using Banana Peels as an Organic Fertilizer for Staghorn Ferns

When feeding your staghorn fern, you can use a banana peel as an organic fertilizer. The banana peel contains essential vitamins and minerals like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that are beneficial for the plant’s growth.

Where to Put the Banana Peel

The banana peel can be placed between the fern and its mount or between the upright portion of the basal fronds.

Preventing Fruit Flies

If you’re worried that the peel will attract fruit flies to an indoor fern, soak the peel in water for a few days, discard or compost the peel, then water the plant. This will ensure that it does not attract any unwanted pests to your home.

Repotting and Propping a Staghorn Fern

To properly care for your staghorn fern, it’s important to know how to repot and prop it. Here are some tips to help you out:

Propping a Staghorn Fern

  1. Situate your staghorn fern in a wire basket and hang it in the perfect spot.
  2. Place a clump of sphagnum moss on the mount.
  3. Set the fern on top of the moss to allow the fronds to touch the mount and adhere over time.
  4. Tie the fern in place with non-copper wire to keep it secure until its roots have grown strong enough to hold itself up.

Repotting a Staghorn Fern

  1. Use a potting mix that is one-third of the regular amount. Never use garden soil as this can lead to drainage issues and root rot.
  2. Gently spread out the fern’s roots.
  3. Place the fern in the pot and make sure that all of the roots are completely covered with soil.
  4. Leave some space at the top so that the stem and fronds remain exposed when you fill up with potting mix.

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How to Successfully Mount Staghorn Ferns to Metal

Mounting staghorn ferns to metal can be done with great success. The black metal fruit bowl mentioned earlier is an example of this, as it has a Staghorn fernhorn mounted to it. To achieve this, the plant was mounted to the open grid with metal wire and is easy to take down for a good soak of water.

It’s important to note that while the mounting technique may be effective in the short-term, over time the metal may start rusting if you allow your plant to grow indefinitely in its planter. To avoid this, you should inspect your mount every few months and replace any rusty or corroded pieces of wire before they cause any damage.

You can also use other metals such as aluminum or stainless steel instead of iron for mounting your staghorn ferns which will not corrode over time and provide a longer lasting mount for your plants.

Tips for Mounting Staghorn Ferns to Metal

  • Use metal wire to mount the plant to the open grid of the metal planter.
  • Inspect the mount every few months and replace any rusty or corroded pieces of wire.
  • Consider using aluminum or stainless steel instead of iron for a longer lasting mount.

Remember to give your staghorn ferns a good soak of water every now and then to keep them healthy and happy!


With the right environment and care, the black metal fruit bowl with its Staghorn fernhorn will be a beautiful and air-freshening addition to any bathroom or shower. steel chain is the best choice for hanging the fern, and it will be easy to take down for a good soak of water. With regular misting and watering, the Staghorn fernhorn will thrive for years to come.