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Post Re: Splitting Lophosoria.
My plants have been in the ground for over ten years and are static x2 and going backwards x1. They hate the dry that they are subjected to here. In nature they have wet and humid summers and can grow to very large sizes in full sun under these conditions. I have seen many plants of this species at both ends of the species range (Mexico and Chile) and they grow in sun or shade, though often favouring some shade, with fronds up to something like 2.5m long. In Valdivia, Chile, they are grown as lawn specimens in full sun to splendid effect.

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Thanks nick for that explanation,that explains why some advertise them liking a sunny aspect!,i don't think there's many ferns that do actually enjoy dry ground conditions.Perhaps my west facing garden suits this plant as its in the most shade I can find and kept moist.


Tue May 09, 2017 5:35 am
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Nick Macer wrote:
In Valdivia, Chile, they are grown as lawn specimens in full sun to splendid effect.


I think this one was in Puerto Varas, Chile, and an amazing plant, apologies for the terrible phone-photo. I think the burnt looking fronds are just old ones from last year, rather than sunburnt as it looks slightly tatty in spring anyway (photo taken in March).

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Gorgeous plant.


Tue May 23, 2017 9:17 pm
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Superb Clive. That is exactly how I remember them! I neglected to get photos of the cultivated plants and only came away with wild shots, though it was these garden specimens that made the most impact on me as they look so great out of their wild context (though they look pretty marvellous there too).

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I bought mine at Hampton Court over ten years ago, it was an import from Chile and I have always grown it potted, and indoors in winter. It tolerates strong light (though I have not subjected it to full sun) and thrives on a great deal of watering, with good drainage. It spreads vigorously and I have split it at various times of year without trouble. In my experience it dislikes ericaceous compost and does well in: 3 measures John Innes No.2/ 1 measure peat/ 1 measure grit sand. The fronds have never exceeded 3 feet, although I spent several seasons trying to get a bigger specimen by means of 90cm pots and massive doses of water. For all that, its one of my loveliest plants.


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