Lecanopteris sinuosa Growing Information

Seen as how a bunch of us are going to be attempting to germinate this plant from spores soon and this is, I assume, a new endeavour for most of us? I think it might be nice to have a place for us all to post and discuss any information we have found on how to successfully germinate Lecanopteris sinuosa

So please, feel free to post any links to forum threads, articles, videos or general habitat information that you find
 
In this thread, a poster named Frank talks about a technique that i find interesting and think it sounds convenient.
He takes a peat pellet, hydrates it and slices it in half, lengthwise and uses that as a growing substrate.

 
I plan to use my instant pot to sterilize my medium and then plant straight in once cool. Only thing I haven’t figured out is how to keep spores out while the instant pot cools down.
 
You could do it mycology style and put the spores in a syringe and inject them through little silicon injection ports on the mason jar lid (just poke a hole with a nail and seal it with high temp silicon and let it set)
 

StickyIcky

Carnivore
I'd probably say intermediate conditions. I have it in a net pot, growing in sphagnum and a bit of orchid bark. It has never been too fussy, for me at least.
 
So, do local species of ant move in or do they need a specialist?
i mean, i know they are fine with fertilizer instead of being tended by ants but im just wondering if a local ant colony might move in
 

jeff

Carnivorous Plant Addict
to see but I doubt it, in their country of origin it has been seen only the species : crematogaster yappii and difformis , iridomyrmex myrmecodiae
 
Ok thats probably for the best.
I have been watching videos from Brads Greenhouse on his myrmecodia ant plants cause im getting one of those as well and he said that he gets local species of ants living in those so i thought it might be similar for this plant
 

StickyIcky

Carnivore
I had a big Myrmecodia living outside one summer, and when it got devastated by squirrels i sectioned it in half. It had earwigs living in there haha. I'm sure there are more than a few opportunitistic creatures that wouldn't mind nestling up in there.
 

jeff

Carnivorous Plant Addict
I have a lot of ant plant : dischidia ;ant fern ; rubiaceae (myrmecodia,myrmephytum,hydnophytum , squamellaria, anthorrhiza) without ant .

I tried with the ants of my country without much success, they do not make nests inside, they are simply opportunistic.

do you know the name of these ants that inhabit this plant ?
 

Slaine

Sprout
Hey I just noticed this thread. In fact I have sown spores last year or maybe december 2018 ( I don't remember that well), and successfully germinated and grown lecanopteris from spores! I tried hydrated jiffy pellets dusted with the stuff and put in a empty plastic grape container, it worked but they didn't thrive as much as those sown in the moss of a pot with Bulbophyllum costatum in a big ziploc bag for humidity and under T8 lights at first, then facing a North-West window. I will gather pictures, iirc I could even get a shot of the first thalli under a magnifying lens!
 

Slaine

Sprout
Here are the pictures I had taken. When they are tiniest it is in August 2018, perhaps I had sown in june or something. The pics show them to be all on jiffy pellets, but I dumped a lot of spores on the moist sphagnum of my B. costatum. The pic with the few young L. sinuosa in a ziploc bag shows those that grew alongside the orchid as of today, so about 2 years later. The pic with the dried jiffy pot showing a few tiny shriveled leaves points to one of the downsides of using these pellets to grow from spore; they dry out fast :( I forgot about them. However if your are cautious it seemed to work fine as long as you keep them moist, it provides an interesting anchor and good aeration. I believe it is easier to just dump spores all over moist sphagnum in a pot that is kept in an almost closed ziploc bag, in normal household temps and moderate bright light.
 

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