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Plant Habit: Fern
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Propagation: Other methods: Other: Remove plantlet using knife
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

Staggie is about ten years old, started with 2 small pups - 6ft i

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By threegardeners on July 20, 2012

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Posted by homerduck (Middleburg, Florida - Zone 9a) on Sep 27, 2012 1:05 PM

I have to take this one down and protect it on cold winter nights (zone 9a), but it has thrived for the past 15 years.

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Posted by chuck7701 (McKinney, TX (DFW) - Zone 8a) on Mar 22, 2015 10:06 AM

For a comprehensive review on mounting and dividing very large staghorns, go to this link.

For my next outdoor hanging specimen, I am considering some type of heavy-duty, non-rusting, hanging box-cage type of frame. Will fasten some of my divisions inside the frame structure and just let it grow outward. I won't have to worry about rust, hanging chains, etc., and future plant division will be easier. In my experience, it is best to have a 3-4 chain support for balance and leveling since they will tend to grow lopsided over time.

Will post an image of one to the above mounting link when I build it later this spring. I think an 8-12 inch wide box frame of aluminum or stainless should suffice because I want the fern to encapsulate the frame in a few years, with eye hooks on the corners to easily adjust and secure the chains.

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