March 3, 2018

Mounting Staghorn Ferns

Here in the northeast, a big cleanup is underway after a nor’easter ripped through the area with strong winds and lots of rain and snow. If you follow me on my Instagram page @MarthaStewart48, you may have seen my post showing what the storm did to a truck on a Hudson River bridge.

At my Bedford, New York farm, the storm kept everyone indoors for most of yesterday, but it was a perfect time for spring chores inside my greenhouse. My gardeners, Ryan and Wilmer, transplanted many seedlings and mounted several beautiful staghorn ferns. The staghorn fern is an unusual and attractive epiphyte that thrives in the tropics. I adore staghorns and over the years have collected quite a few of these magnificent specimens - I love displaying them on my expansive porch during summer. Staghorn ferns are called Platyceriums. They are Old World tropicals native to Africa, northern Australia, and Southeast Asia. These large gorgeous ferns look great in hanging baskets, but can also be hung beautifully against a wall.

Enjoy these photos.