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Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Chris, Nov 19, 2008.
Anybody have any concerns about using treefern?
From Firstrays' website:
I still can get osmunda fiber locally. It works great as a growing medium Lycastes. Still have a bag I haven't touched. It the roots of cinnamon fern which is a native here.
I also use tree fern for many of my mounts. I have not had a problem getting it locally. Also I can still find the tree fern that is real dense.
Hmm, interesting question. I don't know where or how it is harvested; i.e. is it a crop, or is it cut from natural environments? I have a couple of tree fern trees in my yard, and when one decided not to live anymore, I got a bunch of material from its trunk. But not enough to have cut it down just for the fiber.
'Makes me glad I don't like to use tree fern. However, the loss of osmunda is tragic - I loved that stuff.
I don't use it. Never will.
I use tree fern for my mounts, along with cork if I can get it reasonably. I don't know of any ethical reasons for not using it. But truthfully, there probably is something environmentally negative if you search long enough.
This is sort of a catch 22 question. Chris, I ask you, and please don't get upset, is it ethical to go down to the Florida Keys and drill borings through coral heads just to determine the past's climate history. This process must kill the coral. The corals in the Keys are dying quickly and here is some scientist killing more to learn about the past. Try killing them to learn the future.
It does not, in fact, kill the coral colony.
Tree fern poles are GREAT! I can grow warm Angraecoids with poles, that otherwise wouldn't grow for me. They're not too expensive, which tells me they aren't exhausted, yet.
Chris, again do not take offense, do you have any photos of the past drilling of the coral heads that show there is no determent the coral's health?
No. I haven't been doing it long enough to have my own photos.
Why would I be offended? I have no a priori reason to expect you to know how coring affects the colonies.