Monday, March 30, 2009
POTTERING - ABOUT MY STAG HORN
Sunday has turned into a pottering day. This huge pot is on my patio, filled with geraniums. Next to it, in the shade you may see the lemon scented geranium. I put some cuttings of that in the huge pot. I am taking advantage of the still nice temps.
So after our delicious buffet-meal at Indian Cook House, we went to buy some containers with daisies and potting soil. My hubby planted them by the fence, next to the Wisteria. Most of the leftover potting soil I used for the huge pot with geraniums since I only was half filled with soil:)
This may be a plant you don't know: a stag horn. Scientific name is Polypodiaceae bifurcatum. I had a tiny plant in my house before I knew it was a stag horn!
In the time that I did all those big flower paintings (Celebrity Collection-Jan.09), my hubby did a job on the property of a lady who propagated them. When he started asking her questions about all the plants he saw, she gave him one for his wife (meaning me, and she did not even know me!). I was very enamored with my gift.
One Sunday after that, we went to Roger Gardens (an upscale plant place in this area) to look for a lemon scented geranium, to ward off mosquitoes. And there we saw the same plant as the one given to us by the generous lady. I really would like another one, I said to myself. My mouth dropped open, and my plans changed in a heartbeat when I saw that the small ones were $60.
The size you see in the pic were around a $100 -yikes! They had even larger ones, with a price tag you don't want to know about. They were all mounted on wood, hanging vertically, hanging in the shade.
When we came home, I discovered that the tiny plant I had nursed for a year in a pot, was the same as the pricey ones in the store. Now I really got excited, but it needed to be mounted on wood, because it feeds on water and air. My executive assistant sawed an oblong piece out of the middle of an oak piece of wood, and put chicken wire in there. Then put some sphagnum moss around the roots of the tiny plant and tied a piece of wire around the moss and the wood,to keep the whole thing together.
Most people who have them, tie the plant with the wood "container" onto a tree trunk, in the shade. They can grow very large, but grow very slowly. Just a few years ago, my hubby and son cut down a 30 foot tree. They had to go to three neighbors to ask permission to go into their yards, in cutting this huge tree down. No problema, amigo, everyone wanted this one down! So, I lost my big tree trunk, but I still have time to think where to hang it, since they grow so slowly. For now, it's in the shade of a bench, on the ground.
This is the stag horn I really want, and as far as I know imported from Europe. Scientific name: Platycerum bifurcatum. I saw this one hanging in the Botanical Building of Balboa Park in San Diego. The leaves are more narrow, and look like the antlers of an elk. I have not found a supplier yet. So, if you know one, please tell me. I would be ever so grateful!