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RE: Mounting Platyceriums

  • Subject: RE: [ferns] Mounting Platyceriums
  • From: "Redman, Julia" <jredman@tigr.org>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 10:24:19 -0400
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  • Thread-topic: [ferns] Mounting Platyceriums

Hey thanks Keith.

I had a superbum once that I mounted on a large Styrofoam plaque with
sphagnum (an idea I probably got from you some time ago), but it
languished and croaked.  I don't know if maybe it just didn't get enough
moisture in my apartment.  I put mine in a whole I made in the plaque.
Having never seen a freshly mounted platycerium, I didn't know where the
root ball wet-silly as that sounds.

I'm working with another superbum now, currently growing in a 4 inch
pot.  (I'd like to not kill this one.)  The root mass seems pretty
dense.  Can you really just pull it apart or do you cut it?  

I live in a house now, and have access to a very moist basement where I
grow orchids under artificial light and a nice screened in porch (for
summer growing only here in MD).



-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ferns@hort.net [mailto:owner-ferns@hort.net] On Behalf Of
Keith Rogers
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 9:10 AM
To: ferns@hort.net
Subject: Re: [ferns] Mounting Platyceriums

Hi Julia

With tiny say 2 inch pots leave them as they are, but with larger the 
roots need spreading . 

I generally break the mass from the bottom apart in two, you will find 
the roots only grow around the outside of the pot and the middle is full

of mix which can be discarded this lessens the depth a bit.

Then pack sphagnum in under and around the roots.  I Use P. bifurcatum 
shield to cover the sphagnum before tying.  You can use bird netting or 
stockings as well.

You will need to water them often in the warmer weather, try to tilt 
them so to make watering easier into the back.

Keith Rogers
Mannum South Australia

Keith's Fern Page on www.lm.net.au/~kerogers/

Supporting the Fern Society of South Australia on

Redman, Julia wrote:

>Hi everyone,
>When mounting young staghorn ferns, previously grown in a pot, how do
>you handle the dense mass of roots?  That is, do you break it apart,
>trim it, or just try to smash it onto the mount?  Also, can anyone
>provide tips for acclimating the plants to their mounts, keeping in
>I do not have a greenhouse?
>Thanks much,
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