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Re: Adiantum lovers

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Adiantum lovers
  • From: "Doret Vermeulen" cfa@mweb.com.na
  • Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 09:55:35 +0200

Hi Brian,

To tell you the truth I do not know MUCH about Adiantums as they are
impossible to come by so I have not much experience but the once that I have
outside in the ferngarden are doing very good.  And since my Adiantum
cappulis venerus (spelling) was my first fern from my mother in law I always
new that after Staghorns they are me second favour.  Most ferns I have ever
seen was either on the internet or in my fern book.

I only have four Adiantums that are growing in my ferngarden at present.  I
have a few others still in a fishtank but I still do not know if they will
grow or not.  I have only received them 3 days ago.  Someone sent them to me
from the east.  I am so proud of them as so many people are laughing at me
for trying every possible way to get some ferns.  And not many people
believe me when I am telling them that my hobby is keeping ferns as they
think it is impossible to do in our country.

But I still want to thank all the people for their valuable information.

We live more in the North of Namibia where there are more natural trees and
vegetation.  Although we do not have trees in our garden that gives shade.
It is also very hot 38-40 degrees celsius and the winters is not always very
cold.  Some time we receive frost in our town but at our house since we live
there for almost 3 years no frost.

Sorry I did not want to bore any one as I do not have THAT much information
on ferns.  What I know I have learned from a dear friend from South Africa.
She is also the secretary of the Southern Africa fern society.

Kindest regards from Namibia

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Swale" <bj@caverock.net.nz>
To: <cfa@mweb.com.na>; <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2003 9:40 PM
Subject: [ferns] Adiantum lovers

> Hi all
> Doret wrote
> >
> > Hi Everyone,
> > I wanted to know if there are people out there who are particularly
> > in Adiantums?
> > I love these ferns and want to talk to people who are as interested in
them as I
> > am.
> > Please let me know your private e-mail address and we can chat without
> > the rest of the group.
> Surely this group is quiet enough to be able to cope with such
> and in fact we need the activity.
> Why not share the enthusiasm and knowledge by having the discussion
> here?
> I am currently growing ( I think) Adiantum formosum from spore harvested
> more than a year ago, and I raised in this group the matter of getting the
> prothalli to produce sporophytes.
> I was advised to flood the prothalli (which are now many months old) with
> water ( one person suggested dilute nutrient solution). I flooded them
> water for about 18 hours which I thought would enable the spermatozooids
> swim to the archegonia. Four weeks later it looks as though this might
> worked.
> I didn't use dilute nutrient solution as the prothalli are already growing
> sterilised soil and I think there are sufficient nutrients available there
to get
> into solution. Also, I do not consider that nutrient would enhance the
> swimming of the spermatozooids.
> Brian Swale
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