When you google "mount staghorn fern," you get lots and lots of lessons on how to mount the babies. Oooh! Cute little pieces of wood! Strands of fishing wire! Lovely little Hello Kitty stickers plastered all over the baby staghorn's nursery**! What's missing are lessons on how to re-mount the titans of the staghorn world, the ones that weigh in excess of 100 pounds. When our big brute of a staghorn ripped through its fishing line like Hercules breaking his chains to maul the Philistines (or was that the Nazis?), we knew it was time for serious action.
|Our monster staghorn, properly mounted.|
|Horizontal braces to keep the mount straight over time, vertical ones as backing for the upcoming wire mesh.|
|The perforated metal strip, threaded through the mesh.|
|The wire mesh clipped to allow the staghorn's leaves through.|
The end result is a happy, undamaged staghorn, ready to grow even larger and achieve its life goals of enlightenment and spiritual purity.
Or whatever it is huge staghorns do all day.
* - OK, it wasn't immediate. We did manage to watch several English Premier League games, cook some southern food and agonize over the Saints loss to the Seahawks while working on the project, but, really, we swung into action with the greatest alacrity one could expect during this busy sports season.
** - Work with me here, people. I'm on a roll.