@ Lloyd, the "fake scale" is very common in myrmecodia species. I have it on my adult plant, it tricked me in the beginning. Essentially it's just secondary growth that develops on the cuticles of the leaf. It looks and is distributed EXACTLY like scale (the "scale" is concentrated near the petioles of the leaf and more abundant on the undersides of the leaves (so it doesn't interfere with photosynthesis) ). It becomes more apparent when there is humidity/temperature swings and I honestly find it unattractive to a certain degree, but it sure is interesting. I think I came across a link before, I will post it if I find it again.
Incredible. Ants are attracted to scale because they eat the sap exudate the scale produce. The ant plant wants ants so it simulates scale. The ants come to the plant and find the convenient ant plant ant habitat. Everybody's happy. If anybody finds a link, post it here.
Nice. Are you going to mount them vertically or leave them in the pots?
They hang on a 45 degree angles, sort of like its position in the last photo i posted. It looks fairly natural and gives really good drainage. You can see hooks on the side of the pots in some photos .
dvg: Sarra's safe inside
Mar 31, 2019 20:40:58 GMT -5
bonfield: I've decided to finally reveal my best-kept secret for growing healthy Neps: Just spit on them every few days, the enzymes in saliva help them to better absorb the fertilizer I spray them with!
Apr 1, 2019 14:24:31 GMT -5
dvg: Salivating up your drools?
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:07 GMT -5
dvg: Duped again on April Fool's!
Apr 1, 2019 16:30:45 GMT -5