Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bob and The Staghorn baby

To find out how to grow one of these go to Growing Staghorn Ferns


Once upon a time, a 70 pound Staghorn lived in Bob and Sandra's front yard with its sister plant.

One morning Sandra was backing out of the drive way, and throwing the car in park, jumped out jerked open the door
"Bob, Bob, the Staghorn fell, its on the ground, come Quick!"
Yes he came running. 


I left Hubby standing in front yard staring at the Very Large and Heavy plant on the ground. When I returned, the VLH plant was not in the oak tree with its sister, but hanging in the back yard. (yes I fussed and said why did you do that by yourself)


The limb the VL plant hung on had rotted and fell with the plant.


Oh, good said Sandra, I can see it better back here. but LOOK, there is a tiny little frond on the ground, it has the cutest little brown thingy on it.

What did Bob do? He took the little brown thingy and picked up a piece of limb that fell with it, wrapped the little brown thingy around the limb and wired it fast.That was a year ago, and now it is 4 times larger than when he "planted it". The frond was about 8 inches and the brown thingy was about 4 inches. If you want to know how he did it, the link is at top of page


And now the little brown thingy has grown into the cutest baby Staghorn and lives next to its mother in our back yard. The big sister lives in the oak in the front yard. Both sisters started out life in orange crates, as they grow it covers it completely, one day our little baby will cover that limb and just hang in space.

16 comments:

Picturit said...

These are incredible looking plants Sandra are they common in the USA or just local to you? Kev

Snapper II said...

Very strange looking plant. It must grow any where and must be very hardy.

Pearl said...

Living in MN, the plants you have in FL just blow my mind. Would LOVE to have the kind of flora you have!

Over from Kleinemotte ...

Pearl

George said...

I'm very impressed with the way Bob rescued the Staghorn fern and its baby. They are fascinating plants that make Florida yards and gardens so interesting.

Judy said...

Wow! Spectacular!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How interesting Sandra--and how clever --to save your Staghorns. I noticed the big pipe which runs across your yard. What is it hooked to on the ends? Is it specifically for hanging plants, etc.????

I enjoyed learning more about your Florida plants...
Hugs,
Betsy

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Hubbies DO come in handy sometimes. :) This is a wonderful specimen Sandra.

Scott said...

I don't think those things grow at our altitude, temperature and humidity (lack of). I loved looking at the interesting plant and animal life when I visited Florida.

Stacey Dawn said...

Wow - that hubby of yours must have green thumbs!

Remington said...

They are some pretty cool plants!

Ginny said...

What a story! What is that pole they are hanging on, though? I wonder if you could ever find one sturdy enough to hold two ones when they're full grown?

Catherine said...

Amazing story. Both staghorns are beautiful. Do they require shade like other ferns?

Beverly said...

Love, love, love the staghorns. Maybe if I did something in my yard, it could look like yours. Neither Don nor I had (have) a green thumb. I love looking at yours though.

srp said...

Very interesting!

SquirrelQueen said...

The baby is growing well and looks really cute next to mom. The staghorn is an amazing fern, very exotic and unusual looking. Thanks for the info.

Sunny said...

I admire your (and Bob's) green thumb. Very impressive!
☼ Sunny