Step 1: Choose your board. Cedar or pressure treated wood is best because it’s resistant to mold and pests. For a young staghorn that will need to be transplanted as it grows, it’s fine to use a decorative wooden plaque from a craft store (like in our video). For our 4 inch fern, a 7x9 inch or 8x10 inch plaque will do.
Step 2: Add a picture-hanging bracket to the back of your plaque so you can hang it on the wall when you’re done. You could also use two screws and some picture hanging wire.
Step 3: Find the center of your plaque. Use your fern’s plastic nursery pot to gauge the size of the root ball. Add about one inch to that pot’s circumference to determine where to place your screws.
Step 4: Add 5 or 6 screws in a circle around where your fern will sit on the plaque. Leave the screws about 1/4 inch above the surface. Be sure to choose screws with a wide head (so the fishing line doesn’t slip off – see step 8).
Step 5: Cut a piece of sheet moss and place it where your fern will sit. This will hold extra moisture as you water your fern to ensure the plant stays hydrated and provide some organic material to draw nutrients from.
Step 6: Remove the fern from its nursery pot & flatten out the bottom of the root ball. Then place the fern on top of the piece of moss on your plaque.
Step 7: Cover the exposed root ball with strips of sheet moss. Where the moss overlaps the screws, poke the screw heads through the moss.
Step 8: Tie some fishing line (15 or 30lb test is plenty) to one of the screws. Then, zig-zag the fishing line over the moss-covered root ball (but UNDER all the fronds), wrapping around the other screw heads as you go. Pull tautly to ensure the plant and moss are securely in place. When you’re sure it’s secure, tie off the fishing line & cut the excess.
Step 9: If the screw heads are still visible, add a drop of glue and cover them with a small scrap of moss. Now, hang & enjoy!