Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bon Ton - A delightful, petite subminiature bifurcatum cultivar. Personally, I have yet to see this cultivar offered anywhere.

My Sire was acquired from the Tony Barrett collection in July 2006. Tony's history indicates that he received his pup from Ralph Fregoso of Temple City, CA. Much of his collection came from Bob Shortt after he died several years ago. Bon Ton might have been part of the Shortt collection.

This staghorn fern can take temperatures from 40 to 95 degrees - they are kept outside year long. This cultivar prefers morning light or a dappled light all day with a mild breeze.

The mounting medium is AAA New Zealand Sphagnum Moss and then the fern is attached to redwood boards with 40lb monofilament fishing line, garden tape or other strapping material. When fertilizing - I use either Miracle-Gro or Superthrive every 3rd or 4th watering. While most of the mountings seem larger than necessary, this fern will cover the boards in 3 to 4 years.

While the Sire is not for sale, there is one pup that is currently available for sale. If interested please e-mail me at mailto:tomsstaghornferns@socal.gmail.com.