I did it. They grew like crazy, tons of sexual forms, then lots of asexual forms. Transplanting didn't go well, all but one died which is still puny. I followed the method you used on a petri dish. Microwaving is important to avoid algae, etc. overgrowth. Always have a thin layer of water so the motile spores can swim around.
I first tried living LFS. Then a peat, orchid bark mix. No good. Then just put the plantlet on a piece of orchid bark with a smidgen of LFS. Spray with distilled water alternating with 50 ppm orchid fertilizer every few weeks or so. The last isn't killing it but the growth rate is glacial if steady. Lots of light, high humidity and warmish room temperature light on and lowish room temperature lights off.
I'll have some fresh spore available in the next week or so! If there is a warm spell and you are close enough to ensure minimal shipping time(ie. Ontario or Quebec), let me know and I can send some for the cost of shipping!
Had another peek at the ant fern spore pots and have spotted at least nine sprouts in the pot that last had one.
The other pot had no visible sprouts and looked to be drier than the sprouted pot.
Added more moisture to that pot and now it has one visible sprout.
Whereas before the initial gametophytes looked like two circles slightly overlapping one another they now remind me of a lime green colored globular shaped cactus seedling.
Keeping the humidity at the correct levels in the bags seems to be a bit of a balancing act.
Humidity has to be high enough to encourage the spores to sprout, but not so wet so as to encourage green algae growth on the pot's surface.
The pot with one ant fern sprout has hardly any algae growth, whilst the more sprouted pot has a few small green algal patches, that will be monitored to see how quick they are to spread out.
Having never grown any ferns out from the spore stage before, this process has been very interesting.
And because these are grown in a sealed bag/enclosure, they are pretty much maintenence free, save for the odd misting when the pots look dry or when some premptive action is required to counteract some green baddies that show up.
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