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RE: artificial trees

  • Subject: RE: [ferns] artificial trees
  • From: "Winter, Wim de" Wim.dewinter@wisl.nl
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 11:17:54 +0200
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  • Thread-topic: [ferns] artificial trees


The result of what you describe is much like the terracotta earthenware dovecots that are commercially sold here as "strawberry pots" (see for shape, but apparently different material http://www.potvis.org/Gallery_2_4.html). You remind me that I still wanted to try them for fern use.

The difference with the proposed method is that the plants only can crop out from your predifined cups, at least, I suppose the won't grow over the pvc outside. Also, the mortar/peat outside might look more attractive even when not overgrown.


-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Rogers [mailto:kerogers@iprimus.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 09:13 
To: ferns@hort.net
Subject: Re: [ferns] artificial trees

Hi Wim

Forget Mortar, it appears not to be a concrete suggestion!!

Use 4 in or 6in PVC Sewer pipe for an erect pipe perhaps 3 or 4 ft long.

You could just do a series of cuts in the pipe 3 or 4 inches long with a
hacksaw around the circumference in varying positions.

Warm it up bending the upper in and the lower out, this forms a say half cup
The problem is if you put the pipe in the oven to real hot, the lot becomes
Heating with a blow torch, burns.
Perhaps a hair drier would work.

Clean up the rough edges with a file and sandpaper.

Get a PVC cap, add a larger base for support, cut drain holes in it and glue
onto bottom.

The contents is easy, use sphagnum moss.

Kindest regards

Keith Rogers
Mannum  South Australia

Keith's Fern Page is at
Supporting the Fern Society of South Australia on

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Winter, Wim de" <Wim.dewinter@wisl.nl>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 5:12 AM
Subject: [ferns] artificial trees

> 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
> 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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