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Re: Blechnum, Doodia

  • Subject: Re: [ferns] Blechnum, Doodia
  • From: "Judith I Jones" <judith@fancyfronds.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 11:27:17 -0700

Hello Brian,
    In the old days of snail mail I corresponded about methods of spore
sowing and sent spores to Native Creations.  It is nice to hear that they
are flourishing and producing some nice selections.
    If Paul doesn not find any Doodia aspera I picked some fertile fronds
yesterday and there are more developing so I should be able to come up with
a bit for you if necessary.
    I grow Blechnum wattsii, minus, and discolor but I am interested in
trying any Blechnums that seem to be somewhat frost tolerant if you come
across any.It is amazing how many sub-tropicals will survive just a modest
frost if it doesn't last to long.  I have Asplenium goudeyi which took a low
of 25F and was frozen for a week with a high around 30F and didn't even
develop a blemish.  I was impressed-I expected it to cllapse as soon as the
greenhouse warmed up.  That was my "heated" greenhouse.
Judith I. Jones
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brian Swale" <bj@caverock.net.nz>
To: <ferns@fernfactor.co.nz>; <ferns-digest@hort.net>; <ferns@hort.net>
Cc: "Brian Aikins" <bczm@comcast.net>
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2004 1:09 AM
Subject: [ferns] Blechnum, Doodia

> Hello Paul,
> It'd be a pleasure to provide you with some B. durum spore. That would be
> some-what travelling full circle, I'd say.
> The parent plant of the two I have, and it is now about 6 - 7 years old,
> grown by a commercial outfit called "Native Creations". You haven't
> encountered them by any chance have you?  Haven't seen their labels
> around for a while.  These places come and go. Ephemeral, is the word.
> They used to sell to a retail outlet near me that vacated their site when
> rent got too high at renewal time. Oderings, and I probably bought it
there, or
> at a place on Ferry Road you might know.
> Other choice ferns they grew that I bought, include Todea barbara, Osmunda
> regalis, Woodwardia radicans, Pellaea falcata, Dryopteris cycladina,
> Dryopteris erythrosora, Dryopteris wallichiana, Lastreopsis hispida,
> australis, Cyathea smithii, Pellaea sagittata ( I think), and Lindsaea
> microphylla. And Dryopteris sieboldii which has refused to grow new fronds
> for me. Possibly also Adiantum aethiopicum in addition to one I caught
> Hick's Bay. I also bought a Cyathea cooperi, but i don't remember who grew
> it.
> Come to think of it, I must just about have shares in the place =|;-)>
> I'd better come clean :-)
> Native Creations is the former name for "Fern Factor" !!
> Pellaea sagittata was sold as Pellaea trifoliata, and it was total
frustration at
> being unable to find a reference book that would enable me to figure out
> correct name for this plant that got me going on the world ferns database.
> A R Smith was able to help me when I sent him a scanned image.
> Actually, just now I used a hitherto forgotten part of my brain and
> Paul's e-mail address to come up with   http://www.fernfactor.co.nz
> and guess what, there's even an image labelled Paul !
> So there we are. It's a small world.
> And; Blechnum durum in my garden where I have it squeezed up near a large
> Cordyline australis ( a giant lily that grows like a tree ) in about 70%
full light
> and direct sunlight for only about 2 -3 hours a day, is a compact circular
> measuring about 1 x 1 metre or 3 x 3 feet, (that is, height x diameter or
vice -
> versa if you prefer). Possibly not terrarium material, but YMMV. It grows
> stiffly erect, not drooping laxly like B. novae-zealandiae.
> It is unlike any other New Zealand Blechnum, but a little like Blechnum
> cycladina from the Juan Fernandez Islands.
> Yes, Paul's fern nursery is about 25 miles from where I sit typing this.
> I'd love to do a swap Paul; an aspera for some spore. Or spore for spore.
> I DO have a spare child B. durum I can give you as it has arisen in a spot
> that is not a good idea in the long run. As well as spore.
> Brian
> Paul wrote
> >
> > Hello
> > We have some Doodia aspera spore I think or at least a plant or two.
> > Generally spore not ripe till after Xmas.
> > I'd love some fresh spore of the Blechnum durum.
> > Doodia media is now Doodia australis
> > Regards
> > Paul Michael
> > ps we are only a stones throw away relatively speaking
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