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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-24-2015, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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planting ferns in paludarium

To plant ferns (emersed ones you find outdoors, not sure on species), do they have to be in the soil or could you attach the roots to wood and it would grow?
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For my moss/fern area outside I collected species from my area and put them in similiar conditons where I want them to grow. If you want a fern that grows on wood you can collect bark with existing fern fronds growing on it and lash it to your wood pieces. It should spread from there. Depending on your area you should be able to find some species that grow on wood and others that do best in substrate.
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I've seen them mounted to wood in vivarium with moss around the roots, also several orchid species are mounted this way. If you put it in substrate make sure it's a well draining substrate that won't compact or stay completely saturated with water.

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I think it depends on the fern.

They get really huge, but staghorn ferns are epiphytic, and just straight up grow on a piece of wood or corkbark. I've got one hung on the wall on my apartment, and it's really low maintenance - once every week or so I soak it in water.

I've also seen rabbit's foot ferns grown in pots, but eventually their fuzzy rhizomes grow out and it acts more like an epiphytic fern.
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