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Re: Dennstedtia production

  • Subject: Re: Dennstedtia production
  • From: Judith Jones <judith@fancyfronds.com>
  • Date: Thu, 09 Jul 2009 10:20:11 -0700

Hello Kyle,

Dennstaedtia punctiloba is a long creeping colonizer that resents being confined in a pot. I find I get the best results on getting such colonizers to form nice root systems by growing them in community flats and then transferring them to pots to finish off. The trick is not to leave them in the flat so long it is like cutting brownies to get them out. You might also try using a mycorrhizal innoculant in the soil mix as many ferns fail in soil-less mixes due to the lack of normal soil fungal associations.
Judith I. Jones

   Kyle Baker wrote:
Why is the growing of Dennstedtia so danged difficult? Plugs were bought in to work, potted up in 250 sized containers, using Fafard 52 custom mix and a very light top dressing of 14-14-14. Granted the non-stop rain has all but drowned everything, but some plugs from another company grew great guns.

Ideas on getting them started? Fertilizer? shade vs. sun?

Mr. Kyle Fletcher Baker, MCN

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