This super stylish display is fairly easy to do and is a great way to free up some shelf and floor space.
Mounting is a beautiful and decorative way to display plants. In an earlier post, I’ve listed some great plants and care tips for styling this way. If you would like to read up on that, you can find it here. In this post you will learn how to make a mounted plant display for yourself!
What you will need:
- Epiphytic plant of your choice (cuttings or whole plant)
- Cork bark flat
- Fishing line
- Drill (dremel)
- Bonsai wire
- Sphagnum moss
- Green moss or decorative moss
Gathering Your Items
Although this project is pretty easy, there are a few things that you will need. I would say that the cork bark is the hardest thing to come across. I purchase mine from local pet shops that sell cork bark for lizards and terrariums. They’re usually sold as a round piece of wood that I later break apart to form smaller flat pieces. Sometimes they sell them as a large flat piece that you can use to make a larger mount, or you can also break it into smaller pieces for multiple mounts. You can also use old wood from local trees or found drift wood. Just be sure to rinse it off thoroughly first before using.
Depending on how big or heavy you would like your mount to be, will determine what kind of fishing wire you will use. I am using a ten lb. test fishing wire. I also make sure to use fishing wire that is relatively thin. I don’t want it to be too visible when wrapping my plant.
For the bonsai wire, I purchased mine at one of my local plant shops. You can also purchase it online if they are not sold in your area. If you dont like the look of the bonsai wire, you can use a string of your choice such as yarn or macrame cord.
For the moss, I suggest to use sphagnum moss and a more decorative moss like green moss. There are tons of different types and colors of decorative moss that you can use to get different looks for your mounts, so feel free to play with it.
Most important is your plant choice. I prefer to use epiphytic plants. These are plants that will grow this way naturally, between nooks and crannies of trees. I have the most success with these types of plants since they don’t require soil to grow and thrive. In this tutorial I am using a Rabbits Foot Fern.
Prepping Your Bark
Once you have your cork bark purchased, play with the shape and size to determine which side you would like facing up or down. Once you know what way you would like it to face, drill a small hole about a half inch to an inch down from the top. This is the hole you will use to hang the mount from. Be sure that the bark side is facing right side up.
You can now cut some bonsai wire to make a loop with. I usually cut around 6-7 inches to make the loop. The wire is pretty flexible and doesn’t require much strength to bend to your liking. Attaching this wire loop first makes things a lot easier, as it’s harder to put in once a plant is in the way.
Make sure to pre moisten all of your moss in a bowl or bucket of water. They are much easier to use once pre-moistened. This usually takes about 5-10 minutes. Once moistened, you can place a bed of sphagnum moss on top of your cork mount. This provides extra cushion and moisture for your plants roots.
Placing Your Plant
Depending on the size and type of plant will determine how you will place the plant on the bark. The Rabbit’s Foot Fern has fuzzy “feet” or rhizomes. These shouldn’t be covered, as they can easily rot the plant if they are covered and wet for too long. Because of this, I place it more upright on the bark. Other mounts I’ve done has the plant facing forward more. For the most part, I make my plants sit more upright than facing forward, as they are easier to mount this way.
Most plants you will purchase will be potted in soil, even if they are epiphytic. Just carefully shake and remove the dirt away from the plants roots system. You could also hose off the excess soil from the roots. Once the roots are free, it will be easier to place onto the cork mount. If you have some cuttings, like hoyas, this is a great way to showcase them and get them to root. Just be sure to keep the moss relatively moist at all times to get roots to grow.
Adding the Moss
Once your plant is in place, add your more decorative moss around the roots of your plant. Make sure the more decorative moss is pre-moistened as well. When adding your moss, you don’t need it to be packed on thick, but just enough so that it can cover the roots and retain moisture.
Tying It All Together
Once you have the desired thickness of moss covering your plants roots, you can now tie it in place with the fishing wire. I like to make some slack with my string, place the entire mount over it, and tie a knot around the front of the mount. After this, carefully wrap the wire around your moss and plant in all directions. You want to make sure that you are wrapping the string taunt enough to keep the moss and plant in place, but not so tight that you may damage the roots underneath. Keep wrapping your plant until you think it is secure enough on to the wood.
Once it’s secure enough onto the wood, turn the mount over and with excess string, knot it off several times in the back of the mount. You want to make sure that the string won’t unravel and come apart.
Finishing It Up
Congratulations! It’s all finished! It may take a few times to really get the hang of wrapping your string, but overall is fairly easy once you have it down. You can now hang your beautiful piece in a bright, semi shaded area. They’re really great to showcase indoors, and if your weather permits, outside as well.