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Re: Re: Filmy ferns and wardian cases

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Re: Filmy ferns and wardian cases
  • From: "John Hawkins" john.hawkins@blechnum.net
  • Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 18:28:31 -0100

Er, make that an annual rainfall of >3000mm rather than 3000m; the place was wet, but not _that_ wet...

>  -------Original Message-------
>  From: John Hawkins <john.hawkins@blechnum.net>
>  Subject: Re: [ferns] Re: Filmy ferns and wardian cases
>  Sent: 11 Apr '06 16:44
>  Thanks for your comments, Betsy and Brian. I kept filmy ferns in clear plastic containers in my early and mid-teens, on the window sill of my bedroom ( a boarded-up porch on the shady side of the house - not particularly comfortable, but it was my patch and great for my fern experiments ). I think that most lasted two to three years before mold took over.
>  I have a few aquariums and Brian's comment about regular spraying has got me wondering if I might use an air pump, air stone and a small pond of rainwater in the bottom of a large glass jar ( or even a small aquarium ), to create enough splash to clean the fronds of ferns growing beside or above the pond. It would be easy to regulate using a timer and I should be able to get away with siphoning out the water at intervals and replacing it with new rainwater.
>  We had a small stand of regrowth Totora on the home farm, and there were filmy ferns growing on many of the trunks of the trees. These dried out completely on a regular basis, but quickly revived once it rained again. It would have been an interesting species to cultivate. It was a different situation on the farm we had at the head the valley - with an annual rainfall >3000m and low cloud much of the rest of the time, the bush was heaving with filmy ferns.
>  John.

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