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Re: Japanese Painted Ferns

It seems that everytime the subject of the Japanese Painted fern comes up, the same people can't find any difference in any of them. I suggest that it is time that you take them out of the deep shade (particularly if you live in a climate that tends to be cloudy most of the time) and move them out into the SUN. I raise a nice maroon and silver variety that I have been selling for years. Customers, I know folks are a little stupid here in Kansas, buy more and more of them each year and send their friends to do the same. All of my Japanese Painted get at least an hour or more of direct sun (mostly in the middle of the day)....yes it's bright and hot in Kansas, and the green Japanese painted (it occurs approximatley once or twice in 100 plants) has been planted on the west side of my house for the lasts 15 years with full afternoon sun. On an east facing wall in full morning sun are my largest clump of regular Japanese Painted. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Through sporing these ferns every year, and careful selection, I now have a clump of green Japanese Painted that is over 3 ft. tall, and still growing taller every year. I also found that the crested variety (usually called Applecourt) produces a beautifully crested green variety about 1/5 of the time when grown from spore. The Japanese Painted fern has a very complex genotype, that allows this great range of variation. If you would like pics of my Japanese Painted ferns, send me your e-mail address, and I'll be happy to send them to you.
Duane Petersen wrote:

The Japanese Painted from spore are extremely variable, ranging from pure green, to maroon and silver. Size is also very variable. While I don't know which variation is being called 'metallicum', it is probably tissue cultured (to cut down on variability), and could well turn out to be significatly different to be worth the money. By the way, don't expect adult colors in juveniles. Most Japanese Painted ferns take some time to reach their adult corlors so the fern you are buying, if it is in a 2-4" pot, may show little color, and appear green. Wait a while for that color.
Jolanda wrote:

Hi Fernatics all over the world,

The only book I could find, mentioning Athyrium 'metallicum', states it
as a synonym for Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'. Is it really the same
thing, or is it one of the other cultivars in the group of Japanese
Painted Ferns?

Frondly regards

Jolanda Nel
(In an icy and white South Africa)

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