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Re: Fertilisation of Adiantum formosum

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Fertilisation of Adiantum formosum
  • From: Bob Needham bneedham@cisco.com
  • Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 10:36:03 -0700 (PDT)

flood them with water periodically.

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> From: "Brian Swale" <bj@caverock.net.nz>
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> Subject: [ferns] Fertilisation of Adiantum formosum
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> Hi everybody,
> About a year ago I collected a nice lot of spore of Adiantum formosum; a rare 
> fern where I live; New Zealand.
> I sowed them on sterilised soil and now have a fine crop of prothalli. In fact, 
> I've had a fine crop of prothalli for about 3 months.
> Problem is, I can't persuade them to breed.
> They are sitting in a "sealed" plastic tray, in moderate light (even some direct 
> sunlight, as I have seen for the species in nature), and relatively warm. 
> Periodically, I spray them with clean water.
> There's not one sporophyte to be seen.
> What else should I try to get some plants?
> Thanks, Brian Swale
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