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RE: Lecanopteris

  • Subject: RE: Lecanopteris
  • From: Andreas Wistuba <andreas@wistuba.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 May 2009 19:09:16 +0200
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  • Thread-topic: [ferns] Lecanopteris

Dear Charles,
you bring up a very interesting idea.
In fact as I started with Lecanopteris as a Carnivorous Plant (CP) grower I
used my water for plants such as Nepenthes or Heliamphora which I still do.
Most CPs are very picky about too much minerals in the water and so I as well
as most other Carnivorous Plant growers use demineralized water.
In fact, as most of my customers are CP growers as well I guess most of them
water their Lecanopteris with soft water as well which might be essential but,
honestly, I never gave any thought on that. All I can say (and it's more than
a statement) is that for me and many of my customers they are very easy as
long as you keep them away from slugs, snails and fern scales. They also don't
like frequent misting too much, but all that's happening are ugly spots on the
BTW, Lecanopteris, after having been sold through my CP nursery for some years
now, became kind of adopted by Carnivorous plant growers and it's very funny
for me seeing discussions about them in CP-forums.
I grow my plants under the same conditions as I grow Nepenthes and Heliamphora
and never lost a plant through overwatering. In fact many are kept quite wet.
All the best

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ferns@hort.net [mailto:owner-ferns@hort.net] On Behalf Of Charles
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 3:54 PM
To: ferns@hort.net
Subject: RE: [ferns] Lecanopteris

I have always found it interesting that Dr. Wistuba states that the
lecanopteris species are easy to grow.  Most of my customers report having
difficulty with them.  There may be a difference in the water quality in the
EU, compared to most U.S. sources.

A few may prefer cooler temperatures, but some thrive in heat.  Most grow
anywhere in my greenhouse, and they did well even in my extremely hot,
sawtooth greenhouse, before it was destroyed by hurricanes.

It is more likely that water quality, specifically high pH, is a problem.

Like all ant-inhabited plants, they need acidic media, and good fertility.
Some are essentially twig epiphytes, and these plants are typically fast
growing, and short-lived.  They tend to be shallow rooted, and need to be
watered frequently, but will not tolerate boggy conditions.

Once the needs of the plant are met, they are vigorous growers.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ferns@hort.net [mailto:owner-ferns@hort.net] On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 8:08 PM
To: ferns@hort.net
Subject: Re: [ferns] Lecanopteris


Unfortunately, we have very warm nights in South Florida.  Charles  Alford
has a wonderful setup -- his plants are grown inside of greenhouses --  some

have cooling pads.   I am not sure of where in his greenhouses  his
Lecanopteris are grown.  I wish I could successfully grow these plants,  but
they are not for me.

Reggie Whitehead
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