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This is a discussion on Fern Invasion within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Originally Posted by cdayinflorida I would take the ferns over Oxalis corniculata. Those darn seeds ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    I would take the ferns over Oxalis corniculata. Those darn seeds pods explode and fire seed all over the shade house in every direction. You will find the seeds everywhere, stuck on plants and pots. I was out there yesterday and found them stuck to the plastic sides.
    Hey Cathy! Of course- the oxalis, me too. Only I am a bit unconventional/childish... I love the oxalis and cant get enough. Until it starts drying up and looking tatty and makes everything else look unkempt disgraceful. Then even I remove it. But when it flowers it is a pretty sight! But that's probably just me.

    Well Cathy, this thread has pruduced more comment than I thought- I am glad I ventured on the issue.

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    Oxalis is a real problem here too. It even grows under the benches in my greenhouse. Such a pain to get rid of it. Asp for ferns, we get several different ones here as 'gifts'..... hahah seems like the spores are in the bark from the beginning - just add water and ferns!

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    Actually Igor, I like the way they look...Just my opinion...Betty

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    [QUOTE=Brutal_Dreamer;288801]Oxalis is a real problem here too. It even grows under the benches in my greenhouse. Such a pain to get rid of it. Asp for ferns, we get several different ones here as 'gifts'..... hahah seems like the spores are in the bark from the beginning - just add water and ferns!

    In the bark! I hadn't thought of that. Once agaln Bruce, it seems so rational when someone says it. Bingo. I am sure some ferns must have spores much hardier than I always assume, and which remain viable for a long time. This is all fascinating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by espranch View Post
    Actually Igor, I like the way they look...Just my opinion...Betty
    Me too!

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    Oxalis is not a problem for me indoors. But wood sorrel, a type of Oxalis, is a rampant thug in my parents' flowerbeds. Well a positive note for you folks plagued with wood sorrel -- it is edible. Has a tart/sour taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurj View Post
    I don't see it as a problem at all, maybe there is a mutual benificial relationship between them. I fancy the idea of a fern's rooting system to embrace the orchid's rooting system. There is a lot of chemistry between them I suppose; exchange of foods and minerals. I like the idea totally. But yeah, got to keep it in check.
    "CULTIVATION IN POTS The most suitable place for growing the several kinds of tropical Ferns and Lycopods is a stove orchid house or similar structure in which the atmosphere is kept very generally moist and in which the temperature ranges from 50 to GO0 in winter and from 70 to 80 in summer when by the addition of sun heat it may rise to 85 or 90. This degree of heat will not injure the plants provided they are shaded from the direct rays of the sun. I have grown them in an orchid house placed in different parts among the orchids or beneath those which are suspended in baskets from the roofs and in this latter position many of the kinds thrive remarkably well their growth is rapid and the fronds are all finely formed and beautifully coloured. They will even grow when placed on the floor of the house and are but rarely injured by the water that falls from the tables or baskets above them I am of opinion that if kept clean the practice of growing Ferns underneath the orchids besides proving a means of concealing to a great extent the unsightly appearance of the pots and adding to the amount of verdure and consequent beauty of the house is a benefit to both kinds of plants The drip from the orchids above and the damp or steam arising from the Ferns beneath keep up the moisture longer than when they are watered separately."

    Bibliography- Select Ferns and Lycopods, by Benjamin Samuel Williams page7

    Its just my opinion that Igor's setting mimics similarly to what the author has just mentioned in this snippet. Of course, the author must have kept his plant settings in check. He is the author of THE ORCHID GROWER'S MANUAL and HINTS ON THE CULTIVATION OF FERN

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    Dear Gurjeet, thank you for sharing that. B S Williams sounds like someone I should read. Great stuff. I am most grateful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Oxalis is not a problem for me indoors. But wood sorrel, a type of Oxalis, is a rampant thug in my parents' flowerbeds. Well a positive note for you folks plagued with wood sorrel -- it is edible. Has a tart/sour taste.
    im tellin you, this form of oxalis ive been infested with in the last year or so is BRUTAL... now that you mentioned eating it...i may just have to start a major munching fest over here...i have enough of it to feed my entire household...this could be the dawn of a new day of fiber for my fast food junkie loved ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pindar View Post
    Dear Gurjeet, thank you for sharing that. B S Williams sounds like someone I should read. Great stuff. I am most grateful.
    You are welcome

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