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the ferns in my house

This is a discussion on the ferns in my house within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Perhaps in the natural habitat, orchids are seen almost always with ferns. When propagated by ...

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    Default the ferns in my house

    Perhaps in the natural habitat, orchids are seen almost always with ferns. When propagated by humans however, ferns also seem to grow albiet in an accidental manner alongside orchids.

    I had not paid attention to ferns before; however they have become hard to ignore in my townhouse. At first I had wanted to grown only tree ferns for later transfer to the farm, but some species just grew in the slabs, in the broken terra cotta pots, etc...

    Then fern 1 caught my eye one day in the flea market for plants. It had only three or four leaves, but they were long and shiny. So I got it. Now it has a span of maybe 4 feet. And then fern 4 was sold to me by my orchid dealer. The usual specie appearance has rather flat or slightly undulating or wavy leaves all radiating outwards in a neat layer, this one had very wavy leaves in a helter-skelter manner, like a bad hair day afro. I love it.

    And then, I saw fern 2. It has three leaves each about 3-4 feet high, originating from a pock-marked brown bulb-like base about 2.5 feet in diameter, maybe 25 kilograms in weight. I was fascinated. Fern 3 is the leaf tip of fern 2.

    Fern 5 is my oldest fern of that type, it grew from a broken pot about 4 years ago to its present size, span of about 3.5 feet. Fern 6 has more elongated darker green more narrow leaves, from the flea market. Ferns 7 and 8 just grew here, also from slabs with orchids. I separated them into their own pots. Fern 8 is just outside my bedroom window.

    There are several more pots of ferns photos of which are a bit hard to take. I have grown to like them and I promised to give them their own 15 minutes.








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    hi nelson,
    cool and good shots!
    is there a fern farm visit coming soon? lol

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    Those are great shots, Nelson! I always like the ferns that grow with our orchids too. We have two or three different ones.

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    Very nice Nelson! I like ferns as well...Have a Kangaroo Foot fern and a Metallic fern. Then there are the ones that I grow in my gardens...Male Fern, Christmas Fern, Cinnamon Fern, Japanese Painted Fern, Maiden Hair Fern and a few others.

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    Thank you, gentlemen.

    I just got a book, The Fern Grower's Manual, but it is more than 2 inches thick and I have not read it yet, lol...

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    I added that book to my book wish list...thanks
    Nelson I am posting a fern thread for you.,,

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    It's a little hard to tell from the pic, but the first fern looks like Angiopteris evecta (King Fern), which is a truly beautiful plant. I have one as well.

    Lovely!

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    All very beautiful, ferns always give that fresh feeling. like fern pic 3

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    Lovely pictures ! I also like ferns, your fern 8 is Nephrolepis exaltata. Also 4, 5 6 are Asplenium species.

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    There is definitely an elegant beauty to ferns. I have difficulty keeping them happy in my apt over the winter as the dry (30% humidity on a good day) is brutal for them. The exceptions are those in my terrariums which actually do TOO well and have to be removed or pruned back regularly lest they take over completely.

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