Ferns forum: Staghorns

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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Oct 30, 2014 3:15 AM CST
I am just about to be given several staghorns. If you haven't got trees to put them on what are good mounts? Maybe Ken knows? @drdawg
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 30, 2014 5:43 AM CST
Practically any wood works but I try to use wood that resists rotting, such as cedar, cypress, and cork. You can also use teak/cedar lattices as mounts. For me at least, natural, Portuguese cork slabs are ideal for any epiphyte. It is super light, will never rot, does not retain water, resists mold/mildew, and has 10X the "footholds" of any other substance. The only downside of cork is that it is expensive compared to other woods. I would resist using treated lumber, such as treated plywood. The chemicals used on this lumber are generally not kind to plants.

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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Bearded Dragon young male
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Oct 30, 2014 5:55 AM CST
Many thanks Ken. I will see if I can buy cork here. Must be possible.

Added later: yes, I can get Portuguese cork thank goodness.

http://austorchids.cart.net.au/cat/2151635.html
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Oct 30, 2014 6:11 AM CST
Glen, keep in mind that the thickness and the density can vary quite a bit with cork. If you plan on allowing your staghorn(s) to get large, purchase a slab of cork that is at least 2" thick, is dense, and is at least 12"x18". I seldom see these extra-thick, extra-dense slabs and of the 10 large slabs of cork I purchased in the summer, only one was extra-thick (3"!) and extra-dense. Compared to the average 1.5" thick slab, this slab weighed almost twice as much as a similarly sized one. You might have to do some searching to find one like this.

Good luck.

P. S. You are going to love growing staghorns!
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