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#1 User is offline   wmeng72 

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 04:12 PM

Just to share my 2 new Platycerium Ridleyi. Finally managed to get my hand on them :)/>

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a359/wmeng72/Plants/P1010707.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a359/wmeng72/Plants/P1010708-1.jpg
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Posted 03 July 2009 - 07:16 PM

wow waimeng,
that was fast!
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Posted 03 July 2009 - 08:36 PM

how much did you pay for them, wmeng?
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Posted 03 July 2009 - 09:17 PM

Its $15 for the larger one (~15cm) and $10 for the smaller.
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Posted 03 July 2009 - 09:19 PM

View PostTALOS, on Jul 3 2009, 07:16 PM, said:

wow waimeng,
that was fast!


Haha, first time getting a ridleyi, so cannot wait lah..
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Posted 03 July 2009 - 09:49 PM

View Postwmeng72, on Jul 3 2009, 09:17 PM, said:

Its $15 for the larger one (~15cm) and $10 for the smaller.

good deal. i am looking for one here - killed 2 already....
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#7 User is offline   wmeng72 

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Posted 03 July 2009 - 10:05 PM

View Postshamrock, on Jul 3 2009, 09:49 PM, said:

good deal. i am looking for one here - killed 2 already....


Oh dear.... are they so difficult to maintain? Any tips to help me out?
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Posted 03 July 2009 - 10:53 PM

where did u get it? very healthy.
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Posted 04 July 2009 - 12:02 AM

Those are nice specimens there. And the price ain't bad!! Makes my hand itchy to get one too ^_^/>
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Posted 04 July 2009 - 05:53 AM

View Postfunkychips, on Jul 4 2009, 12:02 AM, said:

Those are nice specimens there. And the price ain't bad!! Makes my hand itchy to get one too ^_^/>

if you spot any, funkychips, please let me know, ya? thanks. :)/> :)/>
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Posted 04 July 2009 - 09:31 AM

View Postwmeng72, on Jul 3 2009, 10:05 PM, said:

Oh dear.... are they so difficult to maintain? Any tips to help me out?


don't think so as long as it didn't get attack by slug.
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Posted 04 July 2009 - 08:57 PM

View Postpino, on Jul 4 2009, 09:31 AM, said:

don't think so as long as it didn't get attack by slug.


Slugs... hmmmm..... salt anyone?? :P/>
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 01:11 AM

View Postwmeng72, on Jul 3 2009, 09:17 PM, said:

Its $15 for the larger one (~15cm) and $10 for the smaller.
Hi wmeng, from whom or where did you buy those ridleyii? If it isn't convenient to post here, I would appreciate a PM. I had one (image below) and it was growing nicely at the stair landing until I OD'ed it with pesticide.

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t100/WetFingers/plants/Platycerium/stairlanding_090422a.jpg

It would be nice to have it again while waiting for my ridleyii babies to grow.

Thanks for any info.
Ronnie
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 01:47 AM

View PostWetFinger, on Jul 5 2009, 01:11 AM, said:

Hi wmeng, from whom or where did you buy those ridleyii? If it isn't convenient to post here, I would appreciate a PM. I had one (image below) and it was growing nicely at the stair landing until I OD'ed it with pesticide.

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t100/WetFingers/plants/Platycerium/stairlanding_090422a.jpg

It would be nice to have it again while waiting for my ridleyii babies to grow.

Thanks for any info.
Ronnie


Very nice collection you have there. What was infesting your Ridleyii until it required insecticide? I am sorry to hear about the loss but at least there are some babies to look forward to.
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 08:00 PM

Hi WMeng,
It was a very bad case of mealy bugs and an unusually large ant nest. There were trails of ant tracks that'd put the MRT lines to shame. In the past, light spraying with Baygon did the trick but I suspect that Shelltox is a much stronger insecticide (although the rest of my platys weren't affected).

That said, I know it'd make me sound like an idiot and should have used appropriate pesticides. Suggestions from anyone who've successfully treated their plants for mealy bugs and kept them away?

Anyway, here's a pic of P. ellisii before and after 3mths of TLC (also Baygon'ed :closedeyes:/>)
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 08:07 PM

Forgotten to show an older pic of my ridleyii that was taken by a friend...
http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t100/WetFingers/plants/Platycerium/wetwetfern.jpg
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 08:19 PM

What is the cultivation for this beautiful fern?

Direct light? watering habits?
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 10:07 PM

View PostWetFinger, on Jul 5 2009, 08:00 PM, said:

Hi WMeng,
It was a very bad case of mealy bugs and an unusually large ant nest. There were trails of ant tracks that'd put the MRT lines to shame. In the past, light spraying with Baygon did the trick but I suspect that Shelltox is a much stronger insecticide (although the rest of my platys weren't affected).

That said, I know it'd make me sound like an idiot and should have used appropriate pesticides. Suggestions from anyone who've successfully treated their plants for mealy bugs and kept them away?

Anyway, here's a pic of P. ellisii before and after 3mths of TLC (also Baygon'ed :closedeyes:/>)


Hi WetFinger,

I did the same to my coronarium to the extent of ripping out the roots because the ants and eggs were all inside. Big Mistake. Now I just hope it survives. I heard ants actually form a symbiotic relationship so it could be all for nothing. Next time, I see ants, I will leave them alone.

By the way, wat type of ants are they? Mine were the tiny small black ants that has a strong smell when you squish them.
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 11:23 PM

View PostJeffrey, on Jul 5 2009, 08:19 PM, said:

What is the cultivation for this beautiful fern?
Jeffrey,
I'm not sure if by cultivation, you meant propagation or cultivar (cultivated variety) but as far as I know, the Platycerium ridleyii is a specie plant. Most of my plants are lining the corridor and stairwell, where it's very windy throughout the day and I hose 'em daily. Morning sun for about an hour and bright ambient lighting till dusk. I'm also curious if staghorns will do better under direct sun.

View Postwmeng72, on Jul 5 2009, 10:07 PM, said:

I heard ants actually form a symbiotic relationship so it could be all for nothing. Next time, I see ants, I will leave them alone
Yes, I've read that too... but the ant population was really getting out of hand (probably feasting on the banana peel) and crawling into my home as well. My coronarium is a young specimen but it's doing quite well, generous with new fronds and presently, free of mealy bugs.

Oh, I'm dealing with the little brown ants and no, I don't know what they smell like!! :hysterical:/>
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Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:07 AM

Wah...Ronnie, your ridleyii sayang man...so nice and big! :(/> Next time just leave the ants alone! I think they do better with them. I have noted that not only ridleyii but many of the other platys will attract ants to their young fronds - it looks like they may produce some kind of nectar/secretion to attract them. The ridleyii "cabbage" is designed to attract ants to nest in them and it is probable that there is some kind of symbiotic relationship going on there. Right now my ridleyii is antless - don't think they have found it yet since it's move to it's current position.

Ridleyii is found high up in trees in nature, thus they like a bright airy location. I think most HDB locations that are bright should suit them well as long as they are not in direct sunlight for too many hours. At the same time, they don't like it too wet so don't overwater. I think once a day is good, and sufficient.

Another "weird" thing about them is that I have heard they will often spontaneously die for no apparently reason after growing well for some time. Seems that they have a finite lifespan and it may be the reason why some beautiful growing specimens will suddenly go into decline and die for "no apparent reason". Put me off trying them again for a while after my nice ones died.....but they were too nice to not try again :lol:/>
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