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  • Subject: [ferns] artificial trees
  • From: "Winter, Wim de" Wim.dewinter@wisl.nl
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 21:42:56 +0200
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  • Thread-topic: Re[2]: [ferns] index AFJ

A colleage of mine told me something about constructing artificial trees for epiphyte growth. However, he did not know any details. Maybe some of you do?

It starts with a pvc drainpipe. This is enveloped with a mixture of mortar and peat (1:2 ?). Litthe holes in the pipe allow water from the pipe's interior to moisten the outside substratum. Cups could be shaped in the mortar to allow for easier planting.

It's an intriguing idea, but imagining to construct it, questions arise:

- whats the size of the holes?
- is the pipe topped of with water, so should it be water tight at the bottom end?
- is the pipe filled up with any kind of spongy matter?
- is 1:2 the correct mortar:peat rate?
- isn't the mortar to alkaline for epiphytic species?

Any experiences?

Wim de Winter

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