June 27, 2011
Kristie, Floral Manager
Okay . . . this is interesting. This unique specimen that we have recently encountered in our floral departments is so odd and yet so beautiful at the same time and surely fascinating.
This strange creature resembles antlers, fuzz and all. In the botanical world it’s called an epiphyte, meaning: a plant that derives it’s moisture and nutrients from the air and rain. It usually grows on another plant.
In its natural environment it grows on trees, sending its roots into the bark. It prefers temperatures above 60 degrees. (Don’t we all) It will be happy inside with bright filtered light, but prefers the shade under a tree or patio in summertime – morning sun is okay for this little fella. However, not so little in some of their environments where they can remain outside throughout the year, they can become very large.
For a twist this plant can be mounted on a piece of cedar drift wood and require very little care. I have seen these specimens growing this way and it is really fascinating. Check out these pictures, amazing! Hang it from the ceiling of a patio awning and it’s an immediate member of the family! More pictures are available at apartmenttherapy.com showing interior possibilities and exterior options. Really fun, and doable with any decor. How To’s are available at ehow.com for mounting instructions and care of your stag. A new addition to the taxidermy decor.
SOME MORE FACTS
Most Staghorn ferns are native to the rainforests in Africa, Tropical Asia and Madagascar. One species is present in South America. They reproduce primarily from spores on the underside of the fronds. The tiny spores blow in the wind and begin the cycle all over again.
So rather than traveling to Asia, take a trip and travel to any of your local Harmons Floral Departments to view these unique objects and pick one up for a new twist to your garden and decor and definitely a new topic of conversation. You will be the only one on your block to have one of these, until they see yours. Antler envy!
I am so doing this!