This is a large
Staghorn Fern we rescued from a house in Coconut Grove. After it had
fallen, and the owners could not figure how to re-hang it because of the size and
weight. We were contacted and the rescue process started again.
|Our process to rescue a large Staghorn fern starts after we get a call from someone who's Staghorn has fallen and can't get up. We arrange to go look at the Staghorn fern to see what tools we will need to remove it from the property. In some cases, a come-along and cables can be used to pull it into the truck. Depending on the size and weight, we might have to cut it into pieces that we can carry to the truck. The picture to the right was one of the seven pieces from this large fern. This particular Staghorn was next to a pool laying on the floor. It was about 5' in diameter and about 5' in height. To get it out of the property, we had to carry in out a 36" archway and a 36" door. Yes, we had to cut it up. My guess was that the seven pieces together weighted between 250 & 300 pounds.|
|After getting it back to our place is when the work starts. Using a reciprocating saw to cut and a good pair of scissor to trim each individual plant from the large clump.|
construct mounting boards using
1"x3" pressure treated lumber. The
size of the mounting board is based
on the size of the plant. This also
determines our price.
individual plant is cleaned up
and ready to mounted.
| We put a large glob of sphagnum
moss on the back of the fern and place
in on the mounting board.
|Next, we use
copper colored aluminum
wire to secure the fern to the board. We crises-cross thewire back and forth and staple it in place.
fern is finished, we attach a tag
with the name of the fern to the back of
the board. Next we give it a good drink of water and hang it ready for sale.
|This is what
a finished plant will look like.
It is now ready for sale.