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A Polite Dicksonia

This is a discussion on A Polite Dicksonia within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Ferns seem to complement orchids well. They have a grace and beauty which orchid plants ...

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    Default A Polite Dicksonia

    Ferns seem to complement orchids well. They have a grace and beauty which orchid plants usually lack: ferns have spectacular structure, while orchids delight us with spectacular and intriguing blooms.

    If like me you are a fan of tree ferns but lack the space, here is a tree fern which is for you: Dicksonia squarrosa. What makes it suitable is that it has the majestic presence of other Dicksonias and Cyathias, but has more manageable dimensions and is nice and slow growing: this makes it possible togrow indoors in a greenhouse or conservatory and means that the fear of frost damage need not arise. It also has a light and airy crown which does not obtrude.

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    Its good to see Ponga, or Wheki (as known in Māori), in other parts of the world! I have access to thousands of these....You need a Mamaku Fern-black tree fern

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    Hi Igor fern species are very pretty look at the shape, size and texture all what I would say as amazing plants, for example Slagenella in the wild they may change the color from green to dark blue really awesome all depend on light level. However if they grow together with orchids competitions occur and ultimately our lovely orchids perish.The giant fern always remind me prehistoric era where we can find in the forest mountain at the level of 700 to 1500 feet from see level again very cool plants but people always kill them to get their fiber for growing orchids.

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    I enjoy ferns also. Many of the orchids we get somehow end up with different ferns growing in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiorchids View Post
    Its good to see Ponga, or Wheki (as known in Māori), in other parts of the world! I have access to thousands of these....You need a Mamaku Fern-black tree fern
    Help! Cruelty! Ouch you tease, that hurts!!! You Kiwis live in fren paradise we would give our eye teeth for. Seriously, it is so exciting to correspond with someone actually THERE. Imagine, the penny hadn't dropped until I read this. Do you know there are many prople who very nearly WORSHIP tree ferns: they excite very deep passion, and little wonder. They are such glorious organisms.

    BTW can you tell me the bot name of the Mamaku? I think you mean C medullaris, you scamp! Only one of the very biggest monsters- which I would love (who wouldn't) if only I could house it. Or can it take frost? The D squarrosa always survived outdoors but every other year would get a severe setback so that I decided to take it in as soon as the conzie was built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    I enjoy ferns also. Many of the orchids we get somehow end up with different ferns growing in them.

    cheers,
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    Ain't that the truth Bruce: same here! I may even start a thread on this as a fishing excercise to see how widespread this is... I was surprised to find ferns thriving in the comparatively harsh growing environment of my orchid pots. And how on earth do they successfully go through the delicate gameyophyte stage on the rather arid surface of orchid compost? Because I don't see them until the young sporophytes appear! A bit of a puzzle. (But a delightful puzzle!)

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    Tree ferns are very common in our highlands but as Zainal mentioned they have been collected for mounting orchids. Fortunately our government has banned the cutting down of these plants.( except by the aborigines )

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Tree ferns are very common in our highlands but as Zainal mentioned they have been collected for mounting orchids. Fortunately our government has banned the cutting down of these plants.( except by the aborigines )
    So glad about the ban in your country! Indeed, it is a sad fact that orchid growers have been the cause of massive depredations of ferns for a long time. Noe it is tree fern sections for mounting, in the past it was Osmunda regalis when the universal medium was a mix of Osmunda fibre and Sphagnum moss. It is all unnecessary, of course we all know now- there are better alternatives both for mounting and potting.

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    Igor I thought you will also be into ferns, we have a lot in common Orchids, Cycads and now tree ferns. I am MAD about tree ferns, I grow some Cyatheas and Blechnums (dwarf tree ferns). I tried my hand at Dicksonia (antartica and squarossa) but they didn't like very hot summers in India and perished, the antartica was around for an year and a half but finally died out. I have a big collection of photographs of tree ferns that I have clicked at conservatories I have traveled across in Europe, I will try and find them and share them here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    Igor I thought you will also be into ferns, we have a lot in common Orchids, Cycads and now tree ferns. I am MAD about tree ferns, I grow some Cyatheas and Blechnums (dwarf tree ferns). I tried my hand at Dicksonia (antartica and squarossa) but they didn't like very hot summers in India and perished, the antartica was around for an year and a half but finally died out. I have a big collection of photographs of tree ferns that I have clicked at conservatories I have traveled across in Europe, I will try and find them and share them here.
    Hello soulmate!!! This means we are the playthings of the same passions. Sharing the same tiny boat on a swirling ocean! I wold love to see your photos. I shall post a few more too.

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