“Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher.” -William Wordsworth
Since this “Bird Nest Fern” (Asplenium antiquum ‘Victoria’) can naturally grow on trees and even rocks as many ferns do, we wanted to show how to mount them to wood. It’s simple and can be an interesting option to growing it in a pot or basket.
Things you will need:
- Bird Nest Fern
- Sheet Moss
- Fishing Line
- Wood Mount
- Heavy Gauge Wire & Drill (only if hanging)
If you plan on hanging your Bird Nest Fern after it is mounted you will want to get that step out of the way first. Drill a hole into the wood mount or branch and use heavy gauge wire (or reuse a wire hanger) to create a loop to hang it by. It’s easier to do it now than after you’ve mounted the plant.
Next, remove your Bird Nest Fern from it’s container and shake out some of the dirt to make it easier to mount it. If you have a wood mount with a lot of support, like a “Y” shaped branch (like we are using) to nestle the plant into, you could get away with more dirt. Less dirt may work better if you’re using a flat mount.
For this project we used wood from an Orange Tree because it’s a hardwood and it had been dead for a couple years. It’s better to use wood that has been dead for at least several months, or to be safe, you can buy a mounting plaque at your local nursery.
Update: One Year Later!
We thought we would show how well the fern is doing. You can barely see the wood!