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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Dec 30, 2015 8:17 PM CST
I'm going to be starting some staghorn ferns by the spores. I have never done this nor have I grown any staghorn ferns but I think I can do it. I think I read every post about staghorn ferns through the plant database and I didn't see anything about starting staghorn ferns from spores. I will probably get the spores from the fern factory. I was wondering if anybody has ever done this? Any advice would be great. Thanks
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plantladylin
Dec 31, 2015 8:11 PM CST
I've never attempted growing ferns from spores but I'll be curious and hope you will post updates as to the outcome with such a project! @drdawg Ken grows Staghorns; I don't know if he's ever grown them from spores ... but he is really knowledgeable so maybe he will pop in and offer some tips.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jan 1, 2016 2:39 PM CST
I have never attempted to grow from spore. I don't have the full climate control or the (sterile) conditions to do so. I wish I could be of some help here. I say: "Go for it". We can all learn from your "experiment".
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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Jan 1, 2016 2:59 PM CST
Thanks... I'll keep everybody updated when I get started.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jan 1, 2016 5:55 PM CST
Of course, spores are not seeds, and require vastly different care and methodology to produce a plant. For instance, spores germinate and after that have sex, and you need to provide the right conditions for that to occur. The methodology should be the same for all fern species spores, so it won't be hard to find instructions.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Jan 1, 2016 6:05 PM CST
Thanks..... The fern factory has a you tube video on how to do it. And they sell spore kits. I think I will just buy a packet of spores and use their instructions.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Jan 1, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Very adequate, and easy to understand.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tYTz7ONMXU

It is very important when he says try not to peak too much to check on growth. The introduction of bad pathogens is a common problem as stages of growth at that time are very susceptible. That's one of the reasons why you use boiling water, too.
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Houseplants Region: Tennessee
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plantcollector
Jan 1, 2016 7:38 PM CST
Thanks. To me that's going to be the hardest part
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Houseplants Region: Tennessee
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plantcollector
Jan 2, 2016 8:18 PM CST
I got a e mail from the fern factory. Thay said it would be better to wait until February to get the spores. So it looks like it will be awhile before I get started.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jan 2, 2016 9:19 PM CST
Gosh, a few years ago, I had millions of spores. I had a lot of large, mature staghorns and they were loaded. Three years ago I got an order for every single mature staghorn I owned, all purchased by one person. That left me without a single spore-laden stag. I am slowly building up my inventory of sizable plants again. It takes about five years to see spore-formation. At least that has been my observation.
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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
Beekeeper Houseplants Region: Tennessee
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plantcollector
Jan 2, 2016 9:29 PM CST
I was hoping to get a early start with them. But February isn't that far away I think I can wait.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Jan 2, 2016 9:32 PM CST
No choice, Heath. Whistling
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