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It is amazing the difference rain water makes...nothing like it is there?

I watered and watered and some plants did grow
but others were not having it and were/are stunted....
and many of the leaves are burned...this water is sold for
consumption!


Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:56 pm
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Awesome ferns I thought I was doing well walking under D.antartica but you have gone up a few more levels with your Cyathea med.
Love that D.blumei its real beauty I think Steve Pope would have loved these pictures Eduard a credit to your growing skills.


Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:07 pm
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Hi Eduard,

I have 3 Cyathea australis from 2 different site.
The last is from the shadyplants.net:
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The first is the same site:
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The second is from ebay:
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The last two are more hairier. Each true Cyathea australis? Sorry the off.

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Hi Drosera, the first is C.australis the second is similar to C.robusta var. The third is a C.cooperi :wink:

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Eduard, Thank you the answer, but if the first picture is the real australis, then why did they sell me some other plant before? I suspected earlier that they were not australis.
More picture the 2 different "australis":
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I soved australis spores early autumn and I hope, the little plants are will be australis.

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There's getting a lot of mess when it comes to tree fern varieties, there is a lot of mistake in identifying tree ferns, many people do not know what they have!

Here is the first one C.cooperi and the second looks like a C. robusta var. success with the tree fern spore growth culture, and hope you are more lucky with the right species :wink:

P.s. C. australis has no hair but scales!

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Thanks for the comments, this was the last update about my tree ferns.

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Post Re: Tree ferns after 40 years
Eduard, really enjoyed viewing your last batch of photos ... your medullaris just gets more and more impressive!
Nice to see the D.lanata growing so well. I found the young plants very slow to get started but doing ok now.
The C. spinulosa I received from you 2 or 3 years ago has become one of my favourite tree ferns (apart from when I catch my arm on the vicious spines on the trunk :wink: )
ImageCyathea spinulosa by Chris, on Flickr

I don't want to hijack your thread so will only add a couple of photos of the tree ferns here:

Cyathea intermedia
ImageCyathea intermedia by Chris, on Flickr

Cyathea cunninghamii
ImageCyathea cunninghamii by Chris, on Flickr


Have posted lots more fernie photos on flickr recently - https://www.flickr.com/photos/69664405@N00/

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Very good results Chris, the spinulosa looks great.

your C. cunninghamii is very beautiful, this grows very slowly here, we do not have the good humidity, I sowed him in 2010 but still no trunk!

Here the C. intermedia died because of a cold winter storage in 2014 :cry:

I'll follow you with your tree ferns, thanks for the link, you have amazing plants, compliments :wink:

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Post Re: Tree ferns after 40 years
Thanks, Eduard. The Cyathea cunninghamii came from Vale Exotics nursery back in 2010 at which time it already had maybe 7cm inches of trunk.
Yes, it does best in high humidity and also needs to be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible, especially in the summer months, otherwise the fronds wither away. No frost either, so not the easiest tree fern to keep happy.

A pity about your C.intermedia. I think the lowest temperature the plant here has experienced is about 8 degrees C. It has not produced any spore yet but will let you know when it does.

How are your Sadleria sporelings doing now? I lost the mother plant earlier this year - found the trunk bent right over with only a few roots still attached. We have had a lot of problems this year with a family of foxes living in a garden nearby and I suspect one of them is responsible. Unfortunately, my attempts to save the plant failed. Strange how these things always seem to happen to favourite plants :roll:

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Hi Chris, The Sadleria sporelings did quite well at first this year, but with the colder weather in October I saw them getting bad fast!, I put them back in a big incubator at 18 / 20ºC yesterday, I think they going to go grow again :wink:

Is your mother's plant [Sadleria] dead or damaged ?

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Hi Eduard, the Sadleria plant I was growing here died after it was damaged.
I have a few young plants from the spore it produced and am hoping at least one or two survive.
I hope your plants improve now they are back in the incubator.
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Surprised by the winter weather this morning! Luckily I had put the tropical tree fern species inside -2ºC :roll:

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You might need a good strong steel pole for that C.medullaris Eduard. The trunk looks a little vulnerable to a strong wind.


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Post Re: Tree ferns after 40 years
Yes Stan in his first 10 years the root ball grew completely fixed in the container every time, so the plant could not absorb enough.
that resulted in a few lean years including thinner trunk! He is now tied up for any storm :wink:

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