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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 1, 2015 6:48 PM CST
We had to move our very large Staghorn Fern because the tree (from the house next door) that was shading it was cut down. I have very little shade in my yard now. I know I have the option of hanging it under my large Poinciana tree but I was wondering if I could get suggestions for alternative methods of displaying it. Also, how well would it perform in a more sunny area?
Here is a picture of where it was until today. That is a cut off Ceiba tree.

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Oct 2, 2015 1:32 PM CST
Do you have a porch or covered patio? Or perhaps an eave that would provide shade during the hottest part of the day?

My MIL had a huge staghorn that lived in the shade of a hackberry tree. When the tree had to be removed, my FIL took a large hanging basket,( the open wire type usually used with a coir mat) and attached the bottom of it to a slab of drift wood. He used sphagnum moss to line the attached basket and added growing mix and wired the fern into place.

He attached the driftwood to the East facing wall of the house with a couple hooks and wire. That was at least 15 years ago. The fern did quite well and remained happy and productive (pups) until he passed away a couple years ago. Here is a link suggesting care.

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg015#FIGURE 4

and some anecdotal info also

http://tomsstaghornferns.blogspot.com/

Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 2, 2015 3:18 PM CST
I know Common Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) does very well in dappled shade but I don't know if they can handle any direct sunlight, especially here in Florida.

The yard at our house in Sebastian is pretty well shaded with lots of Oak, Pine and Palm trees and there are a few Staghorn Ferns attached to and hanging in some of the trees. I haven't been there since our tenants took possession of the premises in May and I'm praying that the Stag's are still alive. They do get some early morning sun; these photos were taken @ 8:30 in the morning:
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I only have one small Staghorn Fern here and it's in very bright light but doesn't get any direct sun.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 2, 2015 3:20 PM CST
Hetty, I forgot to say what a beautiful specimen your Staghorn is! With that massive size it must weigh a ton and I will be curious to hear how you decide to display it!
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 3, 2015 4:34 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestions! We have given it a (maybe) temporary position under our pergola. It might be able to stay there.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2015 7:38 AM CST
Hetty, oh I like that idea ... beneath the pergola sounds like a perfect spot! Any vines growing on the pergola?
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Oct 3, 2015 8:01 AM CST



Tecomanthe.... Smiling
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Oct 3, 2015 10:50 AM CST
Oh my, that is really lovely! Lovey dubby
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