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  1. Platycerium from spores

    Just been looking at my spore collection in the fridge, I have about 25 different packets, some of which are over 20 years old, I think I will grow them all out next year to see whether they are viable ( I have grown Pityrogramma from 11 year old refrigerated spores a couple of times in the last 20 or so years!)
  2. Platycerium from spores

    Well heres a couple of photos taken with my phone camera down the eyepiece of my microscope! As you can see the sporangia are very dark brown and the spores (a few visible almost in the centre of the second picture) are pale straw coloured. Interestingly not very many sporangia with ripe spores, which may be because it is a hybrid (hybrids typically produce lots of small white spores and a few large typical spores, or none at all), or maybe just drought at the time of formation...Like your superbum, mine is now producing the spore patches on the fronds that will give next years sporangia.
  3. Platycerium from spores

    Looks like it. They are very pale though, mature spores of most ferns I have looked at have been brown or yellow. However I don’t know what colour veitchii spores should be (I will check my lemoinii later and let you know Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Platycerium from spores

    Yes it certainly produces sporangia although I have never tried collecting the spores. Most accounts seem to view it as a veitchii cultivar , if so it should come true from spores. It has a very plastic morphology, you have to grow it in full sun and keep it dry to get the vertical fertile fronds and the frills on the sterile ones. The Tilly is T. myosura, quite easily grown, and tends to seed itself around Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Platycerium from spores

    Brilliant! You will have to move house when it grows bigger There used to be a huge plant of superbum growing in the old tropical house at Kew, I remember it well from my first visit there many years ago. I dont know if it lives in the new glasshouses since built, it's a good many years since I visited last. Here is my P Lemoinei (supposedly a cultivar of veitchii, or a hybrid between willinckii and veitchii depending on which account you read. It certainly looks much more like veitchii than anything else:
  6. Platycerium from spores

    That’s not likely to come to much, it throws small plantlets about 2 or 3 inches across which establish easily and don’t weigh a lot! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Platycerium from spores

    You can have a bit for free! No worries I’ll let you know next time I decide to chop it up [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Platycerium from spores

    Yes I have a low power binocular microscope so I had a look with the x20 lens. It does suggest that, normally when I collect spores I check for ripeness and then put a cut frond on a piece of paper overnight. If the spores are ripe all the sporangia will release the spores onto the paper. If not ripe you get very few or no spores. That superbum sounds spectacular! Platycerium are quite tough and tolerant of low humidity. My Lemoinii is in a too small hanging basket in my unshaded greenhouse and gets very little water all year around, less in winter. It has fronds about 50 cm long and is clumping up vigorously, every few years I chuck the whole thing away save one offshoot and start again...
  9. Platycerium from spores

    Certainly the hybrid Lemoinii, (which has veitchii as one parent ) is happy in dry sunny conditions and tolerates the cold . However the gametophytes will need moisture to grow, but as you say may well need extra sun. I would tend to suspect unripe spores though as inspection of the dried contents of the spore package showed very few free spores, and lots still in the sporangia. That suggests the sporangia have been scraped from the frond surface, rather than allowing the spores to release naturally. Time will tell Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Platycerium from spores

    Sadly all things don’t appear to be equal [emoji53] no germination of veitchii thus far. I’ve moved the pot to a cooler better lit spot which may help. I will repeat sow in spring as increasing day length apparently improves germination Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Xerophyta

    If they are winter growers it may be that light levels in the U.K. don't get high enough for flowering, it will be very interesting to see how you get on [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Xerophyta

    Interesting, I havent tried it. I saw some plants that looked like dormant Xerophtya on the Kelnan plants stand at the Tatton Park flower show this year. I thought Id taken a photo but apparently not
  13. Does anyone know what this is??

    I'd guess it is a Sciarid fly larva
  14. Platycerium from spores

    Thanks, so about 5 weeks from sowing. I sowed mine on 25th on a bark/peat/perlite mix, so I guess that the first prothalli should be visible around the end of October all things being equal Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Platycerium from spores

    Out of interest what date did you sow the spores ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk