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Staghorn and Elkhorn Ferns

By drdawg
December 29, 2014

Decades ago, most growers and sellers of Staghorn Ferns were as likely to call them Elkhorn Ferns as they would Staghorn Ferns. Those two terms are not quite as likely to be used (on labels) for the same plant today, but the confusion still exists. I think the majority of people still believe that Staghorns and Elkhorns are the same plant. Staghorn Ferns are epiphytic plants and Elkhorn Ferns are terrestrial plants. Though they are of the same family of plants (Polypody), they are different genera and really are nothing alike.

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Jan 3, 2015 7:25 PM CST
Ken, do you still live in or near Starkville MS? I live in Selmer TN, my late Father was a Mississippi State alumni, and had a Nephew & two Grandsons to follow in his footsteps and graduate from MSU. One Gson lives in Brandon MS, and enjoys gardening. He is the only of the three to settle in MS.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jan 3, 2015 7:47 PM CST
Donna, indeed, I am in Starkville. In fact, my back property line adjoins MSU's property line, at the Vet School. Check out my website and forward it on to your family. They may enjoy seeing what a retired dentist does in his next life........ Whistling
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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Jan 4, 2015 1:05 PM CST
Well shut my mouth Ken! I am a veteran RDA certifieded in Coronal Polishing of 27 years still practicing myself! I will tell my Nephews! I'm so glad to know that Doc! Hugs! Dentistry is near & dear to my heart. We have a father/son three hygienist practice with four other RDA' a besides myself. I have my own operatory, where I do a lot of post op checks, child cleanings, ortho checks, denture adjustments, get emergencies started for the doctor, take care of misc stuff. I'm the problem girl, lol. We get a problem, guess who gets it, lol. I get the ball rolling and everything ready for my Doc.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jan 4, 2015 1:12 PM CST
Good for you, Donna. I was in private practice for 42 years. My hands played out! I could have dealt with the arthritis but couldn't deal with the "Fiddler's Syndrome" (hand cramps). I had hoped to practice until I was 70'ish, but I saw the writing on the wall, and sold the practice when I was 66. I worked two days a week for the first year, one day a week for another year and then fully retired when I was 68. That was three years ago. Now that I started my "retirement/hobby" business, I no longer miss dentistry.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Jan 9, 2015 3:37 PM CST
Wow, I really hate that! Bet you were a great dentist. But those cramps sound devilish! Wow! What caused it, or did you kno? Is your retirement hobby business growing & selling stag horn ferns? I'd love to have a small greenhouse. I'm 58, Joe is 62. He retired at 60. Had all his points in with TVA and he hung it up. I want to and part of me don't. I still like that freedom of a weekly check. Lol
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Jan 9, 2015 4:46 PM CST
Yeah, those checks are nice but you know what, I wouldn't trade my situation now that I have "acclimated" to retirement? I can enjoy my second or even third cup of coffee and not have to worry about the caffeine or time. I don't have to answer or read my emails late at night (but I can if I wish!) The days have slowed down for me and I sure know the stresses are less. People don't understand the stress involved, physically and mentally, when working in a 2"x2" space day-after-day-after-day, and being told (not often but still........) "Doc, nothing personal, but I hate dentists).

The 'Fiddler's cramp' is brain related (no, not lunacy) and there is no treatment or cure. It is apparently based on repetitive motions/repetitive hand positions.
drdawg (Ken Ramsey) - Tropical Plants & More
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If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
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donnabking
Jan 9, 2015 10:38 PM CST
Yes, you do have a point Ken. And I love my Keurig. I may give it a try in a couple of years.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill

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