Texas Gardening forum: Resurrection Fern (Pleopeltis polypodioides) in North Texas?

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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 24, 2017 4:37 PM CST
Does anyone have any experience growing this type of fern in the Dallas area? I was thinking about putting some on the eastern red cedars by my house. I was wondering if my climate is too dry for them? Otherwise I could put some on dead cedar branches in my yard. Any advice would be great, thanks. Thumbs up
Name: Kristi
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Jan 24, 2017 10:12 PM CST
Cameron ~ although I am further south than you, I am still in zone 8a. I don't grow this fern but it grows wild in the woods in this area. It seems to prefer more shade and shelter, growing on the eastern side of trees. Here you will find it growing mainly on hardwoods. I have never tried to harvest or replant it. I am always delighted to see it pop out after a rain. It shrivels up and looks dead after a drought.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2017 5:56 AM CST
Kristi you're lucky to have it growing in the wild there. The eastern red cedars get some dappled sun, though higher up there's pockets of fairly dense shade. I may just attach some to a dead branch and keep it in my shade garden where I could easily water it?
Name: Kristi
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Jan 25, 2017 7:12 AM CST
It would be worth a try... it is very pretty. I've never thought about cultivating it.

I have a clump of wild orchids I found nearby and left them alone also. I checked them this past weekend and they have multiplied enough that I actually thought about trying a sample. I'd just feel bad if they died.

Let us know how it goes for you...
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2017 7:21 AM CST
It's definitely a pretty plant. I looked at pictures online of resurrection ferns covering large oak trees and I was in awe.
That's amazing you found wild orchids. There are so many interesting plants in East Texas. I hope you are very successful with the wild orchids?
I'll keep everyone updated once I get the fern. Thumbs up
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jan 25, 2017 8:00 AM CST

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I brought some of that fern back from MS years ago. I placed it on one of our oaks out back and kept it misted. It turned brown, then it died. I have a lot of shade in the backyard, so I thought it would at least come back the next year, but never did. Maybe if I had tried to get it rooted in soil first and then transferred it to the tree, I would have been more successful.
Hope you have better luck!
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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Jan 25, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Sandi that has me worried because my climate is pretty dry. I think I'll start it in soil before I move it on to a branch? I'm glad you told me that. Thanks! I'll need all the luck I can get. Thumbs up
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2017 3:32 PM CST
I had a question about the soil? Will they grow in regular potting soil or should I use bark, or long fibre sphagnum moss?
Name: Sandi
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Jan 25, 2017 5:19 PM CST

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Had to smile when I saw your question about growing it in soil. I had hit "send" when I thought, " I should have told him to try growing it on a piece of oak, since that's where it's happy. " If you already have some of this fern, does it have spores on the back of the fronds? You could scrape some spores onto a piece of bark and keep it moist. The fern naturally spreads by spores lifted on the wind. You could help them a bit.

I hope you're successful in your experiments with the fern. I'll be watching for updates! Can you create a moist environment for the bark by placing it in a lidded jar? 'Maybe something like a large mayonaise jar.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2017 5:44 PM CST
I have some large cedar branches that I've been using to put tillandsias on, I wonder if that would work since I don't have oak branches available. I also have a hackberry log that's in my shade garden. I'm surprised it hasn't rotted since hackberry wood is pretty weak. I might be getting the fern later this week or next week? A friend from Florida is sending me a piece. Thumbs up
I'll be sure to look for spores once some of the fronds develop. Should I keep the plant inside until Spring? Sorry for asking so many questions. I was thinking of attaching some sphagnum moss to the branch to keep the fern rhizomes moist, and maybe wrap that with floral wire until the fern attaches to the branch. I've never grown this type of plant before so it's exciting. I just hope I'm successful?
Name: Sandi
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Jan 25, 2017 8:35 PM CST

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Since I wasn't successful with my first experiment, I'm probably not the best one to ask. I do remember seeing the east side of a huge oak tree in Biloxi covered in small fern fronds. They were close to the bottom ten feet of the tree, in mostly shade, and conveniently in my brother's yard. I just had to have some to take back to Texas! Had I known better, I would have pried some of the oak bark with the fern. Instead, I carefully "yanked" the fern off the tree. I carried it home in a plastic container, so it wouldn't dry out.
You know the rest of that....
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 26, 2017 6:19 AM CST
Even though you weren't successful with the first experiment, I still appreciate you telling me your experience. I'll probably just grow it on a cedar branch in the shadiest part of my yard so I can easily water it, whenever I see the fronds shriveling up. I think the cedars get too much light because most face south so there's quite a bit of sun up there, though some of it is dappled. It doesn't help that the bagworms are defoliating all of the lower branches which allows more sunlight in my shade garden. Maybe you'll be much more successful the second time around?
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 26, 2017 7:17 PM CST
Here's the branch that I plan on attaching it too. Should I keep it indoors until Spring?
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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Jan 30, 2017 1:51 PM CST
I got the resurrection fern today. Hurray! It's a small chunk and when I misted it, the leaves started turning green. I'm hoping the leaves will perk up more? I have it in a little cut right now with another cup on top to create a mini greenhouse for it. Wish me luck lol. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Kristi
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Jan 30, 2017 3:24 PM CST
Of course, we'll wish you luck Cameron. If at first you don't succeed, let me know and I'll snag some after a good rain and send to you. Not sure if this wild one is the same as your friend sent you. I've looked thru many of my references and find no info on this plant. Keep us posted...
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 30, 2017 3:28 PM CST
Thanks Kristi! I'll definitely keep everyone posted. So far the fronds haven't perked up and I don't know if I should mist it again? The largest frond is about a couple of inches tall. Thumbs up
Name: Kristi
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Jan 30, 2017 4:46 PM CST
I would suspect not to worry. The ferns here will look absolutely dead and after a rain will pop with new green growth. You are creating a humid environment and if it had roots, I'd probably keep them moist for now. Just a wild guess...
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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Bulbs Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Tropicals Region: Texas Bromeliad
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 30, 2017 5:11 PM CST
Thanks for the encouraging words Kristi. I just checked on it again and some of the fronds are alive and green. Hurray! The larger fronds are still curled but they have a little green. I gave it another spritz of water. It's such a neat plant. Thumbs up
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 30, 2017 7:25 PM CST
Here's a picture of it as of tonight. It also has some spores on it. Hurray!

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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Jan 30, 2017 8:06 PM CST

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That's really cool, Cameron! Maybe you can scrape a few of the spores off and into a small covered plastic or glass dish. You'd have to look up a good medium to grow them in, though. Sit the container up on the top of the frig where it would stay warm. Check it once in a while to make sure it doesn't dry out.

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