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Re: Athyrium color??

Hi Julia,

From my experience, tissue culture isn't all it's cracked up to be -- at
least with lady ferns.
I've had "Lady in Red" for 2 years and have only see mature plants once in
Washington State.
    Mine are nothing, and the Washington plant isn't anywhere as red as the
original plant photos.
The same experience with "Wildwood Twist" - painted lady fern  -- no twist
after 3 years!

It's probably time for truth in labelling, requiring tissue culture material
to be labelled as such, and only mature material should be sold.

John Scott

----- Original Message -----
From: "Redman, Julia" <jredman@tigr.org>
To: <ferns@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 2:54 PM
Subject: [ferns] Athyrium color??

> Hi,
> I recently purchased 2 Athyrium ferns (painted ferns), varieties Ursula's
> Red and Silver Falls.  Both are supposed to be brilliantly colored with
> silver, pink, and red, and not fade to green.  I received 2 very small
> that were green.  When I called the company, customer service told me that
> the ferns have to be in the ground for a year before the color starts to
> show.  I asked if there was any nutrient dependency for the color, and was
> told no.  Can someone confirm that this is the truth & shed some light on
> why this is the case?  I believe both are tissue cultured varieties.
> I appreciate!
> Julia
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