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Re: Japanese Painted Ferns

  • Subject: Re: Japanese Painted Ferns
  • From: bkhamilton <bkhamilton@earthlink.net>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 09:20:47 -0400 (GMT-04:00)

I too have japanese  painted growing in a difficult spot -- dry, hot, with for a while 2-4 hours of intense afternoon sun.  It is the prettiest fern you can imagine, and I can imagine some real beauties!  I'm thinking of moving it near some roses that get 1/2 day intense sun and more moisture.  And Yes, we get really intesne hot sun here in NW IN!!

South Bend IN

-----Original Message-----
>From: Duane Petersen <dpetersen11@cox.net>
>Sent: Jun 28, 2007 12:35 AM
>To: ferns@hort.net
>Subject: Re: [ferns] 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 
>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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