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Re: Gleichenia


Hello

We imported some spore from a South African leather fern & grew this.
We then imported some stock plants from the variety that they grow as cut
foliage in Florida.
The Florida form was bigger & much better looking plant.
It is now our 3rd year of production of the ferns & definately not 6 ft but
getting upto 2-3ft.
Regards
Paul
www.fernfactor.co.nz


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary Gorton" <mgorton@dca.net>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2005 1:01 PM
Subject: Re: [ferns] Gleichenia


> Tony,
>
> I hear there is a fern in South Africa called Rumohra adiantiformis
> (Leatherleaf fern) South African form which is just like the standard
> leatherleaf but is HUGE.  I am told the fronds grow 6 ft tall.  Have you
> seen it?
>
> Mary Gorton
> Delaware
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tony Avent" <tony@plantdelights.com>
> To: <ferns@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2005 12:39 PM
> Subject: Re: [ferns] Gleichenia
>
>
> > Tom:
> >
> > Greetings from South Africa.  The ferns here are simply amazing
including
> > several species also native in the US including Adiantum c-v.  We have
> > found Gleichenia in several locations, but the highest so far is just
over
> > 3,000' elevation.  This should be a Zone 8 climate, although many ferns
> > tend to tolerate more cold than their climate would indicate. Very
little
> > of it is in spore, but with some luck, we will have an answer to your
> > question soon.  It is one of the only ferns that I've seen with a
> > silvery-white spore.
> >
> > > Does anyone have experience with growing the forking ferns from spore?
> > >
> > > The "Fern Grower's Manual" has an entry on the family Gleicheniaceae
> > > calling it
> > > difficult, slow. The smaller Gleichenia are said to be cultivated in
New
> > > Zealand and Australia.
> > >
> > > In habitat Gleichenia umbraculifera does not look difficult at all. It
> > > grows
> > > streamside or in damp meadows, competing easily with the grasses, at
> > > moderate
> > > elevations, 1000-2000 m, in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, in
neighboring
> > > provinces, and in Zimbabwe. It is one of the smaller members of the
> genus,
> > > topping out at 50-60 cm. The habitat at the higher end of its
> elevational
> > > range
> > > is probably Zone 8.
> > >
> > > I ask because the spore is greenish-yellow and green spore are
commonly
> > > said to
> > > have short viability. Perhaps more pertinent than color, the family is
> > > considered relatively primitive based upon the sporangial structure;
> some
> > > primitive ferns, such as Osmunda, have short life. Has anyone grown
> > > Gleichenia
> > > from stored spore?
> > >
> > > Tom Stuart, New York
> > >
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> >
> >
> > Tony Avent
> > USDA Zone 7b, (0-10F winter, 90-100F Summer)
> > Plant Delights Nursery
> > 9241 Sauls Road
> > Raleigh, NC  27603, USA
> > ph 919.772.4794
> > fx 919.772.4752
> >
> > "I consider every plant hardy until I've killed it myself...at least
three
> > times."  - Avent
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