Ferns forum: propagating new ferns

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Name: Lisa Mabry
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Krittergarden
Sep 27, 2014 8:07 AM CST
I bought a cactus in the summer, there is also a fern growing (like a hitchhiker), I haven't identified the fern yet, but it is covered in new spores and I'd like to know how to capture them properly and how to grow them can anyone share some advise?
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Sep 27, 2014 9:27 AM CST
I've never tried it myself, but it sounds like an interesting project. A google search brought up this:
http://www.hardyferns.org/fern-info-propagation.php
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Sep 27, 2014 9:28 AM CST
That's well beyond my experience or facilities to grow from spores. I think you practically need sterile, laboratory conditions to grow from spore.

Perhaps someone will have experience in growing from spores and can help you there.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Sep 27, 2014 10:02 AM CST
According to the bit of reading I've done, you do need sterile soil (probably to help prevent mold) and consistently moist conditions, but hey, they grow outdoors. It can't be THAT difficult! Hilarious!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Sep 27, 2014 11:39 AM CST
One spore in 10,000 will germinate and grow a viable plant outdoors. Not a good percentage to say the least. Sticking tongue out
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Sep 27, 2014 11:57 AM CST
Sheesh. So where's your spirit of adventure? Hilarious!
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Sep 27, 2014 12:07 PM CST
IF I did not have 100 blooming size orchids plus 200 mid-size orchids plus 300 tiny seedlings to deal with..................well, I'm sure you get the picture. Sticking tongue out

I almost did try to germinate staghorn fern spores last summer. I collected thousands of spores from my plants and had them in an envelope. That's as far as I got! Whistling I still have those spores........somewhere? Shrug!
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Sep 27, 2014 12:20 PM CST
I'd imagine they keep pretty well. I can certainly understand why you don't really have time to mess with this sort of experiment. But the little bit of reading I've done makes it *appear* at least that it's not beyond the capability of the average person who's willing to take the time and trouble. And I'm sure that different types of ferns are more difficult than others.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Sep 28, 2014 9:08 PM CST
I think I read growing ferns from spores was actually pretty easy. I find them growing in my lawn all the time, dozens of them. I keep digging them up, it appears there are two kinds.I just pot them up.
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woofie
Sep 28, 2014 9:17 PM CST
I'm sure that depends a lot on your local climate, but feel free to rip up a few and send them my way! Hilarious!
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Name: Larry
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Seedfork
Sep 28, 2014 9:35 PM CST
I guess climate does make a big difference, ferns really seems to do well here. I have several types growing in the beds in the back, they tend to die back during the winter but return in the spring. The sword ferns multiply rapidly but most of the ferns I grow have been pretty well behaved.
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skylark
Oct 18, 2014 3:21 PM CST
i have polypodium aureum (phlebodium aureum) that seeded in the orchid pot (bark with long-fiber sphag moss) - i left it growing for a couple of years together. just reg care for orchid and occasional mist. then i repotted and pulled it out ... long story - it became a huge plant and started dropping spores everywhere. it's indoors. i i have min 65% humidity even in winter with heat going, but in summer it might go up to 85% (just like outdoors). i had an african mask that i tented for winter to keep it warmer and prevent the drying of the soil. i also had LF sphag as 'mulch' on top - so the spores sprouted in multidude... and in 3 years time the ferns just choked my 'poly'! i had to repot to save it. which i did. the ferns are fine too.
now i bought a bromeliad last december that had i little maidenhair fern sprouting in it (tiny thing) - well, it's still small, but going.
so take a deli container with a lid (clam-shell), lay some moistened LF sphag in it and sprinkle some spores. provided it's in a warn place for a tropical fern and bright indirect light (spring-summer would be best), you should have it going quite easy.
i posted a pic in the database - the whole multi-gen family (that was 1.5 years ago).

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joejones820
Jan 7, 2017 12:48 PM CST

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Seedfork said:I think I read growing ferns from spores was actually pretty easy. I find them growing in my lawn all the time, dozens of them. I keep digging them up, it appears there are two kinds.I just pot them up.
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Last year, I began seeing ones that look just like these appear all over the lawn, even in full sun... hopefully they come back this spring, but I have a few potted up in the garage in case the ones outside don't make it Crossing Fingers!

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jan 7, 2017 1:19 PM CST
Welcome! @joejones820. I only grow staghorn ferns and they are difficult to start from spores. I think some ferns are easy though.
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joejones820
Jan 8, 2017 6:45 PM CST

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drdawg said: Welcome! @joejones820. I only grow staghorn ferns and they are difficult to start from spores. I think some ferns are easy though.


Thanks!

A few years ago, one staghorn that died indoors from lack of water was thrown out into the garden under a bush, and this November I saw that a different fern had self-spored on it.

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Currently overwintering indoors

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I hope it's not too hard for an amateur to keep everything sterile when propagating!

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