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    Post by Joy on Mon 13 Sep 2010, 2:33 pm

    We used to have a bird's nest fern on a rock. It grew reasonably well until earlier this year when its leaves started to turn brown & wither. They all, gradually, died.

    This what the bird's nest fern looked likewhen we first bought it.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 13 Sep 2010, 2:35 pm

    The rock. It has some brown moss & this was as it still looked like when the bird's nest died.



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    Post by Joy on Mon 13 Sep 2010, 2:39 pm

    Didn't know what to do with the rock so I left it is the small flat dish, in which it sat, & kept watering it.

    Put it, out of the way, near the front sliding door/window where it received more indirect light than previously.

    After a while it started to grow some greenery. It was maidenhair fern. Now we had a beautiful maidenhair fern out on the front patio but that was long since dead. So the spores didn't come from there. Who knows where they came from???

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    Post by Joy on Mon 13 Sep 2010, 2:42 pm

    Another from a slightly different angle. There is also more of the maidenhair fern growing on the other side of the rock. I keep it well watered & continue to fertilise it when I do the other plants.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 13 Sep 2010, 2:49 pm

    Here is an image of our beautiful maidenhair fern in all its glory. When it, eventually, started to look a bit tatty, I "pruned" it severely. This was a massacre from which it never recovered & each time it grew some tender fronds some rotten critter would eat them!!!!

    IT was a glorious plant which had grown from spore which blew in & settled on the potting mix. It would grow reasonably well but not as well as it did when we moved here & placed it on the front patio. It flourished there. That is, until I had the bright idea to "prune" it. :oops:

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    Post by Dawn on Mon 13 Sep 2010, 4:50 pm

    Now that deserves a :wow: , isn't it stunning.:love: I love this fern. Unfortunately I don't seem to have much luck with them. Love it Joy! Is it still growing the rock!
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    Post by Joy on Mon 13 Sep 2010, 5:16 pm

    Yes, Dawn. The pics of the maidenhair fern on the rock were taken today. Can't believe how this happened. These spores must float around, in the air, all the time. :whistle:

    Alas, it is the large, & beautiful, maidenhair fern which is no more. :sad3:
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    Post by Dawn on Mon 13 Sep 2010, 5:53 pm

    Oh I see Joy! :sheesh: :lol2: I mis- interepreted it but still a wow I would love to have one growing on a rock like that, so beautiful. I am sure it won't be long before it is back in all it's splendour.
    Mine when I went to England last year, was left out side in the shade house but it was left too long unwatered ( DD did her best but was short of time). When I came back it was totally totally dead or so I thought I went out to see it just now when I saw these pics of yours. I had just left it lying in the pot all dead, not a good practice in a closed environment. But to my surprise it has ressurected itself it has green shoots coming through all the brown!! I just trimmed everything off right now. I will post a pic later!
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    Post by Joy on Mon 13 Sep 2010, 9:28 pm

    That is excellent news, Dawn. :bravo: These are amazing plants & have been known to survive drought. Our gorgeous maidenhair fern which had, also, grown from spore blown in, had a few narrow escapes but, alas & alack, I fear that this time it is, well & truly, done in. :sad3:

    There is a small maidenhair fern growing in the pot with the dracaena surculosa punctulata "Sierra Leone" as well. It has been there for two or three years & hasn't grown much. Don't think it can compete with the dracaena. :lol2:
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    Post by Joy on Thu 30 Sep 2010, 3:51 pm

    Here are the latest pics of the maidenhair fern growing on the rock vacated by the bird's nest fern. It is looking quite good. :whistle:

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    Post by Joy on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 10:22 pm

    Our maidenhair fern on a rock is growing quite quickly. It seems to be doing rather well at the moment. :love:

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    Post by Dawn on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 11:18 pm

    It is looking very good and grown quite a lot since the last picture you put up. The leaves on the maidenhair are so pretty and delicate looking.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 7:00 am

    They are, aren't they Dawn?? Hope it will totally cover the rock. At the moment it is only on the SW face of the rock. Perhaps if I turned it around :whistle: but I am not game to move it. :D
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    Post by Dawn on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 9:36 pm

    No I would leave it too, most definately it is lovely as is. I think the rock showing makes it an unusual feature plant. I wouldn't want to hide the rock at all. I would love to have one like that.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 27 Nov 2010, 9:49 pm

    There is, actually, plenty of the rock still showing, Dawn. It has brown moss growing on it.

    The rock is a reddish brown colour & Bruiser thinks it has iron in it because of its colour.
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    Post by Joy on Tue 15 Mar 2011, 3:24 pm

    Look at the maidenhair fern on the rock now!!!! :apgw: :excited: It even has had a couple of spore fronds & has been spreading its tiny seeds around. Who know where they have landed. :cool4: :whistle:

    From the front.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 15 Mar 2011, 3:25 pm

    A slightly different angle.

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    Post by Dawn on Tue 15 Mar 2011, 3:26 pm

    Gosh it is looking gorgeous Joy. Wish it was mine :smile: :whistle:
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    Post by Joy on Tue 15 Mar 2011, 3:27 pm

    The side view. :whistle: Hadn't realised just how much it had grown till I compared it to the previous images. :cheers:

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    Post by Joy on Tue 15 Mar 2011, 3:28 pm

    Thanks Dawn. :smile: :hi: It has grown so well, indeed. :cool:
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    Post by Joy on Tue 12 Apr 2011, 8:46 pm

    The maidenhair fern, on a rock, continues to grow beautifully. It is such a pretty, delicate plant. :love: It really must like this position. :smile:

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    Post by Dawn on Wed 13 Apr 2011, 10:23 pm

    Gosh Joy it is really looking wonderful, I totally agree it must love the spot it is in :)
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    Post by Joy on Thu 14 Apr 2011, 9:20 am

    :wave2: Hello there Dawn!! Good to see you!! :hi:

    Yes, it does appear as though the MFOAR ( :lol: ) is in an excellent position for its happiness. Unfortunately, it is right in our path when we come in from the front patio, which is our front entrance, &, as it has grown so much, we are starting to brush it as we walk past. :O Hopefully, we won't cause it much damage. It looks so pretty, especially with the light shining through its fronds. :love:
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    Post by Dawn on Thu 14 Apr 2011, 3:55 pm

    Hi Joy! :smile: I missed you, it is good to see you too !

    About the MFOAR :) sounds like the name of a boat :) I do hope it doesn't grow tooo much then and you have to move it. :O Still I am sure it would be OK ??. Mine, the one that resurrected it self died off again ? I wonder if they are temperamental plants?

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