Plant ID forum: [...mystery fern.]

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Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jul 8, 2012 11:26 PM CST
[...any idea what type of fern this is? I found it outside mine on the pavement, I'm assuming the kids from up the road had been pulling them up!]





Also.... does anyone know if I can save it? Here's the picture of the bottom, there's no roots, but I'm wondering if some root hormone powder on damp growing medium will promote it to produce roots?!


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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jul 9, 2012 3:20 AM CST
Asplenium scolopendrium.. there's a few cultivars but that looks much like a straight species which is often sold in garden centres.

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Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jul 9, 2012 3:22 AM CST
THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN JRSBUGS!!
[...very passionate about Biology and Art. One day I would like to breed award winning hybrids.]
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jul 9, 2012 3:49 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jul 22, 2012 7:15 PM CST
[...I collected some spores from it, hoping I will get to see the fern growing cycle, as it's the oldest plant in existence and I find it beautiful! I will update if I get any results!]
[...very passionate about Biology and Art. One day I would like to breed award winning hybrids.]
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jul 23, 2012 4:30 AM CST
It's quite easy to grow ferns from spores, I've done it. Sprinkle spore on the surface of an organic leafy compost mixed with a little gritty soil and wet thoroughly. Use an ordinary seed tray, place in a fairly shady spot preferably in a greenhouse if you have one which gets a lot of shade. Don't allow it to dry, but don't get it too soggy wet either. You will see fluffy green stuff for a start which will turn to a livery texture, then these will start to grow small fronds from them. You can transplant sections of it at this stage but I think they are best left to thin themselves out with the strongest taking over, wait until the ferns are well established before separating which could take 2 to 3 years, then transplant into individual pots to grow on.
Name: Pia-Louise
Romford, U.K. (Zone 8b)

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PiaLouiseSourvi
Jul 23, 2012 7:54 AM CST
I found a colony of these ferns up the road in a broken down wall, by a busy road, they have grown into the cracks happily. I think this is so wonderful how they have managed to thrive in such a unsuitable environment! I will get the spores down on compost this Friday! I will update here on the progress! Big Grin
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