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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 Brutal_Dreamer Oxalis is a real problem here too. It even grows under ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    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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    Ick, Oxalis....we get two types mainly-creeping, that isnt so bad, and bulbous-that one is really bad. The bulbs are so fragile and are made up of hundreds of little leaflets all folded into the bulb. If you crush them, to destroy them, you are only making the problem 100x worse!

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    For me, I love having ferns in my orchid pots, it gives a more naturalized look, also helps when deciding whether to water or not. And come on, orchids in cultivation should not have 'competition for nutrient issues' we nurture our orchids so well and provide nutrients in such excess, that if kept in check both the plants can live very peacefully without sabotaging each other.
    My orchid pots have actually become a nursery for all my ferns especially my birds nest ferns and Blechnums.
    In the first picture you see very young sporophytes of the birds nest fern growing with my Potinara love passion.

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    This year I was able to plant out about 200 of these birds nest plantlets and about 15 Blechnums strating from just 7 and 2 mother plants respectively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    For me, I love having ferns in my orchid pots, it gives a more naturalized look, also helps when deciding whether to water or not. And come on, orchids in cultivation should not have 'competition for nutrient issues' we nurture our orchids so well and provide nutrients in such excess, that if kept in check both the plants can live very peacefully without sabotaging each other.
    My orchid pots have actually become a nursery for all my ferns especially my birds nest ferns and Blechnums.
    In the first picture you see very young sporophytes of the birds nest fern growing with my Potinara love passion.

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    And in the next the huge mother plant.

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    This year I was able to plant out about 200 of these birds nest plantlets and about 15 Blechnums strating from just 7 and 2 mother plants respectively.
    Magnificent, thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiorchids View Post
    Ick, Oxalis....we get two types mainly-creeping, that isnt so bad, and bulbous-that one is really bad. The bulbs are so fragile and are made up of hundreds of little leaflets all folded into the bulb. If you crush them, to destroy them, you are only making the problem 100x worse!
    OH YES! The one with the little fragile bulbs is mega-invasive and I have had so much annoyance from it all my life in SE England. This has always been in heavy clay soils which made it impossible to dig up because the mass of bulbils would break up and scatter all over the place.

    (Weirdly, since moving to be with dad I have not seen it at all. The monster here is a perennial Hound's Tongue (Cynoglossum) with deep and fragile taproots. It is also a large aggressivly clumping plant with hairy leaves which give you a rash. It has typical Boraginaceae blue flowers, but still an unpleasant weed!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    For me, I love having ferns in my orchid pots, it gives a more naturalized look, also helps when deciding whether to water or not. And come on, orchids in cultivation should not have 'competition for nutrient issues' we nurture our orchids so well and provide nutrients in such excess, that if kept in check both the plants can live very peacefully without sabotaging each other.
    My orchid pots have actually become a nursery for all my ferns especially my birds nest ferns and Blechnums.
    In the first picture you see very young sporophytes of the birds nest fern growing with my Potinara love passion.

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    And in the next the huge mother plant.

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    This year I was able to plant out about 200 of these birds nest plantlets and about 15 Blechnums strating from just 7 and 2 mother plants respectively.
    I jost love this contribution. Thanks so much , Amey. Fascinating to hear your experiences, and as Gurjeet says- thanks for sharing. Great to see a little of your world too!

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    Since I don't have a greenhouse that would be ideal for fern spore germination I don't have this happen.----wish I did. I do however have impatiens germinate in orchids that i summer outdoors. I rather welcome the impatien seedlings in that they make a nice indicator that the orchid needs watered. Impatiens need a lot of water. If they begin to wilt then the orchid media is drying out. Another plus is that they are easy to remove from the growing medium in the spring and I can plant them outdoors---saving me money buying them and allowing me to buy more orchids. LOL

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    I also have the same issue but i just separate the ferns from my plant in pot it separately... i like ferns in huge clump or if they have nice undamage foliage.
    It also serves to us all that our growth area is conducive to raise plants as ferns and orchids have almost the same needs like humidity, air, water and light.

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    Also ferns can produce microclimate in our area and keep the garden cool. hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pindar View Post
    I can vouch for this. Over the border there are whole hillsides exclusively covered in gorgeous Rhododendrons- escaped from gardens and finding the natural environment to their liking. Unsurprisingly. Welcomed at first for the splendour they bring, now there is panic and a struggle by the authorities to try and remove them. It has been realised that Rhododendrons colonise by ousting ALL competition with biochemical aggression in the soil- poisoning other plants and altering, or impoverishing (or destroying) the natural environment.

    On the other hand cooperation exists everywhere too- it turns out that about half the functional vascular tissue in the root system of a temperate broadleaf forest is actually mycorrhizal mycelium! It then follows that the trees are linked together into something like a single organism, not just an ecosystem...
    I've read sunflower's seed can do the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    I've read sunflowers can do the same
    Thats probably why they grow belts of them around Maize and Corn fields here in NZ...

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