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Re: Re: Killing Platycerium an Essay

Hi Carol:

You are doing nothing wrong.  It is likely that you
are not watering often enough with your hose to cause
a problem.  I know of no one who has ever lost a plant
because of rain.  As I stated in the essay, Mother
Nature has taught Platycerium how to protect its bud
from rotting due to excess moisture.  The gist of the
essay was that Platycerium like to be kept damp to
moist but never wet for extended periods.  I too kept
a P. Bifurcatum cv Florida Beauty alive for 14 years
on bananas.  I am sorry to report that a lot of pups
died due to my over watering with a hose.  

My plants respond well to a mild feeding of Miracle
Grow every other week.         


  Platycerium like to be kept damp to moist.  
--- carol noel <carolnoel2000@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Aloha - I have never posted...but have to tell you
> all that I have become
> totally paranoid about my Platyceriums due to the
> latest chats.  Mine are
> mounted on large trees, in the shade and have been
> growing happily these
> past  8 months...sending out new shields, new fronds
> new whatevers while
> enjoying the 160" of rain per year.  When it doesn't
> rain I squirt them
> with a spray of water from the hose.  From time to
> time I throw banana
> peels behind their shields and they grow and grow
> and grow. 
> It rains all over them often...nearly every night.
> They are still alive and thriving.
> What am I doing wrong?
> Cheers, Carol - just a fern-fan and budding
> fern-addict.
> >From: "philip crabb" >Reply-To: ferns@hort.net >To:
> ferns@hort.net
> >Subject: [ferns] Re: Killing Platycerium an Essay
> >Date: Sun, 25 Aug
> 2002 22:53:21 -0500 > >Hi Fern-netters, > >My
> experience is quite the
> opposite. I am not an expert, but I, >too, have the
> friends, who shall
> remain nameless, who are. I've >never lost a
> Platycerium to rot, but only
> to my greed at trying to >harvest a pup when it was
> too small; and I once
> let a P. andinum get >too dry and lost it. I have
> 250 plants and I
> submerge them until >they're soaked every week. >
> >It's not, in my
> experience, how wet a staghorn gets, or what parts
> >get wet, it's how
> fast it dries out. My plants dry in 3 to 4 days.
> >Knowing your plant,
> your moss, the thickness of moss pad, the >tightness
> of your mount, your
> environment, and your drying time is >critical. >
> >I've worked to develop
> the environment that supports this growing >style,
> and my results are
> very satisfying. I grow only 12 of the >species (so
> far), and many
> cultivars, and none of the plants is so >huge that I
> cannot do the
> soaking. But the day is coming soon, so
> >arrangements will be made. We've
> got livestock tanks, and block and >tackle, so I
> don't anticipate a
> problem. The great cost is in time, >in my case time
> spent quite
> enjoyably, as a hobby should be. > >The hazard of
> this method, as has
> been pointed out, is the >possibility of passing
> pests and diseases from
> plant to plant. > >I fully recognize that this
> method will not work in
> many, and >possibly most, growing situations. >
> >Happy growing, Philip
> Crabb > > > >
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