Staghorn Ferns at the Farm

Posted by Francesca

Sharkey and I were headed outdoors to play when I stopped to look at the very interesting plants that hang on Martha’s front porch.  Martha has many kinds of tropical ferns growing in pots, but what caught my attention was her collection of staghorn ferns, which really don’t require pots or potting soil.

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Francesca!  What has captured your attention up there on the porch?

1 Francesca! What has captured your attention up there on the porch?

Sharkey, I'm looking at Martha's impressive collection of Staghorn Ferns.  Did you know that like orchids, Staghorn ferns are epiphytic perennials or 'air' plants?  That means they don't need or use soil as land plants do.

2 Sharkey, I'm looking at Martha's impressive collection of Staghorn Ferns. Did you know that like orchids, Staghorn ferns are epiphytic perennials or 'air' plants? That means they don't need or use soil as land plants do.

In nature, staghorns are found attached to tall trees and they get nutrition mostly from the air.  The fronds have an antler-like shape, and when they're hung on the wall like this, they're reminiscent of mounted animal trophies.

3 In nature, staghorns are found attached to tall trees and they get nutrition mostly from the air. The fronds have an antler-like shape, and when they're hung on the wall like this, they're reminiscent of mounted animal trophies.

Franny, I guess staghorn ferns can also grow in hanging baskets, like this one.

4 Franny, I guess staghorn ferns can also grow in hanging baskets, like this one.

Why are the ends of those fronds all brown?

5 Why are the ends of those fronds all brown?

Sharkey, those fuzzy patches are the spores, which help the plant to reproduce.

6 Sharkey, those fuzzy patches are the spores, which help the plant to reproduce.

Eventually, as the plants reproduce, a hanging basket, such as this one, will become one big ball of foliage, as new plants form.

7 Eventually, as the plants reproduce, a hanging basket, such as this one, will become one big ball of foliage, as new plants form.

Let's head down to the greenhouse and check out the giant Staghorn Fern in there!

8 Let's head down to the greenhouse and check out the giant Staghorn Fern in there!

Sharkey!  Where did you go?

9 Sharkey! Where did you go?

Relax, Franny!  I'm right here!  I beat you to the greenhouse!

10 Relax, Franny! I'm right here! I beat you to the greenhouse!

And I'm pretty sure that I found what we're looking for.

11 And I'm pretty sure that I found what we're looking for.

This staghorn fern appears to be very, very old.  In fact, it's so big that it can't possibly be moved outdoors during the warmer weather, as the other staghorns are.

12 This staghorn fern appears to be very, very old. In fact, it's so big that it can't possibly be moved outdoors during the warmer weather, as the other staghorns are.

Comments (10)

  • cool..you frenchies have access to lots of neat things..rototiller and I just came in from checking out all the mexican bamboo along the river bank in front of our house..guess what? some naughty raccoons were spying on us..gave them a bark for you! plus a few extra barks for all you other doggies!

  • Good Morning F & S

    I must say I think they are pretty ugly plants and I'm glad my mom doesn't have them hanging around our house. I'm sure they are special otherwise Martha wouldn't have them displayed. I like to see pretty flowers :)

    I'm very happy today I see the sun and there is no rain at least for today. Those storms we had really caused a lot of damage. The poor people that live 45 minutes from us got over 11 inches of rain and I heard on the news that they are in a state of emergency. It's too bad the people out in Texas didn't get any of this rain they really need it bad. I wish I could blow some of the clouds out that way I've had enough rain!!

    I'm going to go join mom out on the deck while she has her coffee and reads the paper before work. Enjoy your day everyone!!!

    Zoe

  • Good morning girls,
    Welcome Cora-Bell the cattledog. We don't have staghorn ferns or Mexican bamboo (sounds pretty), but we do have raccoons! They are rascals!
    Have a good day everybody. I'll check in later to see how you're doing.
    Hasta luego,
    Rebel

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Eleven inches of rain Zoe!!! Gosh, if it didn’t run off it would be over your head. I haven’t seen that much rain around here for a long time. It did rain two and a half inches in less than 30 minutes not long ago. It made so much noise on the roof that it sounded like thunder. Well, Mommy is going to the store this morning and I will have to take care of Daddy while she is gone. No he’s not sick or anything like that. Just have to make sure he doesn’t chew on his tail. Wait, that’s me; he has to watch me. Oh, well.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good morning everyone,
    My mom does not have a green thumb. Every time she thinks she wants a plant, she gets one and within a week it is no longer living. I give her credit, she keeps trying but ut hyst ain't happening.
    That is a very special name, Cora-Bell. Do you like your name? I always wondered how our owners come up with our names. I like mine, Maddox. However, I have a relative who has the name of Yucky. hehehehe
    There were three puppies in the litter and they were called Yucky, Icky and Mee Too. So, like I said, I like my name very much.
    Zoe, your right, the sun is out, It is going to be a great day. I think I will go enjoy it before it gets too hot for me with this coat I have.
    Later,
    Maddox

  • What a life you guys have!!!! cool looking plants :)

  • Hello Ladies,
    Those Staghorns look like they belong out at HALLOWEEN. They are really spooky looking. My mom has a little greenhouse and loves growing orchids, they have pretty flowers. It is getting a little cooler in the mornings, fall is on the way. We had a little rain yesterday and that was nice. Those hot days i just don't like. Have a great day all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., I sure love seeing the different, unusual things that you girls find there at Martha's beautiful farm! You do such a great job explaining all about each item and I think it's fun to learn something new everyday! I love reading your blog posts everyday and enjoy all of our friends comments, also! Maddox, your comments about doggy names sure was fun to read today! My original name before my Mom saved me at 11 months old, was Muttley. I started out like a real mutt so she decided to rename me with a name that sounded better and I could hopefully live up to it. It took me a little while, but I eventually lived up to it. Sure hope everyone has a cooler, drier, healthier, happier day today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi sweeties and where the heck is GK? Did I miss one of his blogs? Well, thanks for showing us Martha's Staghorn ferns - they are super nice! Our neighbor had one but sold it because it got so huge she used chains to hold it up on a tree branch. You know what I like is that gigantic rock in picture #1 behind you Sharkey. Boy, would I love to have one of those! Catch 'ya later.

  • I agree with you Basil these Staghorn plants are kind of spooky looking. Photo # 12 looks like something out of 'Creature from the Spooky Garden.'

    Cora Bell do you have a blog? It would be really nice to check out photos of what you and rototiller to keep things moving as cattle dogs.

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