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Re: Re: Killing Platycerium an Essay

Hi Peter:

Is your water directed at the back of the plant or
does your system water the entire plant front and
back?  Do you have a single line going to the back of
each plant?  Do the buds get wet with each watering? 
Can you point to any plants that may have died as a
result of over watering front or back?


--- peter  strong <pstrong@mweb.co.za> wrote:
> I, ve  been  following  your  messages  on  the
> subject of Platyceriums with
> great  interest.
> We  germinate/propagate some 2/3,000 Plat seedlings 
> per year,  ( this
> appears  to be  the market  for them  in  South 
> Africa )  and they  are
> watered  with  all  our  other fern seedlings  using
>  a  hose  pipe with  a
> fine nozzle.  Most days  they  get watered every 
> day, however if  it  is
> very  cold say  below 10 C  we refrain  from 
> watering, but then  only  for
> 2 days at the most. Our  mother stock  are mounted
> on  palm  trees  out in
> the  open, and they  are watered  by  overhead
> irrigation. As  long  as the
> plant  is wet we are satisfied, and they  appear  to
>  be  as well.
> As  to  fertilizing, we use  liquid material  and
> that is about  all.
> Occasionally  we seem  to  get a few  white fly  
> when  it gets real  hot
> and  dry, and we spray  to  control  that. We  find
> them   easy  plants  to
> grow.    If  you  want  to learn about  Plat's, 
> read  Keith  Rogers page.
> By
> the way  the spore you sent  me  of  the Plat cross,
> Keith,  are   now
> lovely plants  in  8 inch pot size, and look  very 
> interesting  plants.
> My  advice  to you who  appear  to  be having
> problems  is,   keep  it
> simple,  and observe how other plants  readily  grow
>  about  you, they  are
> the key in  many cases.
> Peter.
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