Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Update on emersed setup for Marsilea Hirsuta and Java fern (Microsorum pteropus)

Some update on Marsilea hirsuta and Java fern. This was setup not long ago:

Java fern planlets taking off in emersed form

Jave fern plantlets in a plastic cup

Marsilea hirsuta

Created this emersive set-up for Marsilea hirsuta as I wanted to see the production of spore caps. Have been keeping this type of plant for about a year or so now and they hardly produce any spore caps underwater. In this case, I positioned them in the balcony area outside my window, so they were exposed to hot and occasionally humid conditions, though not in the full glare of the sun. So we shall see in due course if the emersive state is necessary to produce spore caps. You can check the previous setup here: How to propagate Java fern plantlets

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