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Wall Garden Staghorn Ferns


Staghorn ferns have been cropping up everywhere, often on plaques, as the focal point of wall gardens. But growing them that way can be challenging. This hanging display is a foolproof alternative. Potting moss and a plastic pot help the plant retain moisture, so you only have to water it once every two weeks or so.


  • Terra-cotta pot
  • Wire basket
  • Potting moss
  • Fern


  1. Step 1


    Find a terra-cotta pot large enough to fit a wire basket inside.

  2. Step 2


    Push the wire basket down into the terra-cotta pot so it's centered.

  3. Step 3


    Line the inside of the wire basket with a layer of potting moss.

  4. Step 4


    Leaving the fern in the original plastic pot, put it inside the wire basket.

  5. Step 5

    Add more potting moss to conceal the plastic pot and cover the soil.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2012

Reviews (4)

  • Marbrock 11 Jul, 2012

    I guess I'm missing the obvious. Is the terra-cotta pot just a stand for the wire while assembling or does it stay?

  • jltait 5 Jul, 2012

    How is this a "wall garden"?

  • nydepot 5 Jul, 2012

    I assume you remove the terracotta pot and hang it up when you're done assembling it? This one is confusing because, like the magazine, it shows it sitting in the pot with the chain hanging on the ground.

  • Val 2 Jul, 2012

    I love the idea of hanging staghorns this way ... makes a ton of sense! Can you just use the moss in the basket and forget about including the pot?