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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by jai, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. jai

    jai Orchid addict

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    I have some staghorn ferns that need repotted and I want to know if I could repot them in peat moss? When I got them as little three leaf guys they were potted in potting soil.
     
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    I will post pictures if wanted
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    I know they are epiphytic, but I have never see them mounted in my area only potted in dense soil material. When I got my years ago they were potted in soil in hanging baskets. I have never repotted them or anything because they were growing very well but I forgot to water them a couple times this year(it was not happy with me some leaves are dry on the ends). I think it is time for a clean up but they are quiet large so the media needed will be a large quantity. I 'amthinking mounted and use coco fiber with sphagnum or peat inside like a basket almost.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    I bought a Platycerium bifurcatum division from a street vendor in 1976, and planted it in a coconut husk-lined basket of sphagnum moss. As the plant penetrated the moss and emerged through the coco mat, new fronds would emerge and the thing became a spherical specimen.

    I never repotted it, but did add a chain mesh way of hanging it, as - at the time it was lost to my greenhouse heater failure in 1994 - it was 12 feet in diameter, supported by a 2x4 tripod.
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    I like that idea I think I will do that.
     
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    How cold did your greenhouse drop? Mine has tolerated frosts, maybe a freeze.
     
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    It was a 7F night. I saw the temperature after the sun had risen, and started to warm, and it was 15.

    Everything was frozen solid, and when the temps came up, they all collapsed into mush.
     
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    Haha, when people from California say things about cold.
     
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    jai Orchid addict

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    Do you still have one?
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    No, that was a total loss.

    I bought a new heater and alarm system, and reopened the greenhouse as a business later that year, and I've never replaced the staghorn.

    Now that I'm downsizing in preparation for relocating south, I've sold off all plants - except a few keepers - and the greenhouse is gone. Now to get the foundation excavated...

    It's tough not having a greenhouse after 35 years or so of having one, although it'll be nice not to pay to heat it!
     
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    Here are mine:)
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