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#1 User is offline   mainmainaja 

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 08:40 AM

Got my first platy over the weekend. There were so many to choose from and all were so well grown.

http://i642.photobucket.com/albums/uu146/mainmainaja/P1170054.jpg

May I seek advise from fellow forumers?

1. Name - is it p. bifurcatum?
2. How often to water and how to water (from the top or spray direct onto the fronds)?
3. How much sun does it need? It's hanging in the balcony among the orchids and neps. They get filtered morning sun.
4. How to fertilise and how often to fertilise? What is a suitable fertiliser?

Many thanks.

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 09:18 AM

yes it is bifurcatum & with very nice form.
very hardy platy beside willinkii
i water mine everyday as my garden is facing hot afternoon sun & very windy, even the sphagnum moss are drying up (& i am using hose to water them every night.)
since yours is in door, you can simply spray them.
morning sun can already.
water it with seaweed, that is the thai growers are using. use it once a week.
but pls do it (feeding it) when the sun is down.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 09:31 AM

View Postpino, on 19 January 2010 - 09:18 AM, said:

yes it is bifurcatum & with very nice form.
very hardy platy beside willinkii
i water mine everyday as my garden is facing hot afternoon sun & very windy, even the sphagnum moss are drying up (& i am using hose to water them every night.)
since yours is in door, you can simply spray them.
morning sun can already.
water it with seaweed, that is the thai growers are using. use it once a week.
but pls do it (feeding it) when the sun is down.


thanks, pino.
so i spray water directly onto the fronds (in front) and not from the top? Or all over?
and i fertilise with seaweed solution by spraying onto the fronds as well? Or from the top onto the moss and wood?
sorry for the very sotong questions :hitmyself:/>

at the same place i bought this platy, saw rows of superbums of about 10-inches tall. are they easy to care for as well? tia.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 10:01 AM

just spray them all over, don't worry, it will not bite you.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:18 PM

:hysterical:/>

arigato.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 02:32 PM

just to poison you more you can try willinkii, cost more then bifurcatum.
only thing is after a while, the shield fronds will turn brown showing only the viens but the fertile fronds will keep on growing.
the shield fronds will grow back after a while & like bifurcatum, it will grow pups around it.
(just to take note, don't why some nurseries cut away the shield fronds???http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif )
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:09 PM

yeah...was going through the threads on platys...the willinkii are lovely. but then i have space constraints. will check out some platys in malaysia which i go back, and bare-root them back here :)/> since i dun have a garden for them to hang out, i have to choose those that will not rot easily, and not so huge. Otherwise may need to bonsai it. i gave away my bird nest ferm cos it was taking up too much space. btw, can they be bareroot-ed??? i think a bit susah.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:57 PM

View Postmainmainaja, on 19 January 2010 - 03:09 PM, said:

yeah...was going through the threads on platys...the willinkii are lovely. but then i have space constraints. will check out some platys in malaysia which i go back, and bare-root them back here http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif since i dun have a garden for them to hang out, i have to choose those that will not rot easily, and not so huge. Otherwise may need to bonsai it. i gave away my bird nest ferm cos it was taking up too much space. btw, can they be bareroot-ed??? i think a bit susah.



i don't think i ever see platy grow in soil.
again i may be wrong.
most of the time, the thai will use coco peat as it is cheap & light for export.
sphagnum moss on the other hand will more costly for them to use it.

you can try elephantotis, will grow big but not like grande or wandae that will grow super big.
plus it will grow pup as well very rewarding... i have 4 elephantotis.http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/hitmyself.gif
btw i think talos has some elephantotis for sales why not pm him?


http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/platycerium/Picture069.jpg

kena fungus attack......... no hope...http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/ranting2.gif
http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/platycerium/DSC_5751.jpg

kena slug attack............http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/mad.gif

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/platycerium/IMG_1163.jpg

ridleyii is a interesting platy but beware of slug & fungus attack & beetles .
you can also try ellisii. i got mine from uncle phua.
mine is very small, small then your bifurcatum... & it loves to grow pup.http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/flowers.gif

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j40/pino_photo/platycerium/Picture040.jpg
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 06:22 PM

i am being slowly poisoned here...good thing i live in a tiny flat.
thanks for the list of potential enemies to look out for in pictorial forms. Very helpful. Since i can't even find ants for my neps, i guess my main worries will be rot and fungus attacks.

the ellisii pups are very cute. the fronds are amazing...they look deceptively delicate, i was surprised at how tough they are - almost leather-like.

my next platy will be the willinckii. i like the exotic mini roti-jala fronds, and the fact that it does not take up much airspace.

and perhaps a juvenile elephantotis :)/> or a few pups just to see them grow.

interesting names too, with all the extra ii's :D/>

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:21 AM

you may be able to find some willinckii either at spa thomson (but i think they are huge), fareast thomson has 1 or 2 (smaller one which is good for u), world farm should have more (i think that was left over from a NPark project???). anyway, you can alway pm ah guan 1st.

hmm sound like i did a good job for poisoning you....http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:49 AM

oh yes...you are doing a great job, but i will have to wait till after CNY - gotta make sure the first platy survives my home. then can start planning the next purchase...and the next...

so willinckii is huge ahhh...cannot then. maybe the elephantotis...does it grow to be a mammoth as its name suggests? thinking of hanging them on my front gate. short of drilling a hole on the outer wall, that's the only free space i can think off at the moment. :hitmyself:/>
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 01:08 PM

it will grow big but not as big as some of the platy like wande, grande, superbum & coronarium....
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 02:55 PM

Noted. Will post again when i get the second platy. Now must stay away from this thread...kena poison again :hysterical:/>
Thanks again for all the info.
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 10:13 AM

Hi, Got my second platy last weekend. Love the subtle "prints" on the leaves. Did not get a willinckii as planned as the farm only grow two types.
Will look for the third platy next month...maybe can build a tiny platy "wall" to humidify my neps :D/> So far the first platy seems to like my balcony - it's growing a new frond.

http://i642.photobucket.com/albums/uu146/mainmainaja/P3200321.jpg

Is this a wandae? Appreciate help in ID. At the moment still tiny about 40cm...when will it grow real big? wanna know how long i can keep it in my tiny flat.

Thanks.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 10:17 AM

if there is frills at the bud, then it is wandea, if not then it is a grande.........
congrat both will grow big, real big, but again it may takes years to reach that state.


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Posted 20 March 2010 - 10:38 AM

ahhh....i guess it's a wandae. got some tiny frills at the centre, as if it has not fully opened.
happy to hear it takes years for it to grow big...means i can buy more platys...i operate on a short term basis of 6 months max a year :D/>
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 02:05 PM

u say one hor, no body ask you to buy ....... hehehe dont blame any of us next time they all grow big big. http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:55 AM

View Postpino, on 20 March 2010 - 02:05 PM, said:

u say one hor, no body ask you to buy ....... hehehe dont blame any of us next time they all grow big big. http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif


dropped by at uncle phua's yesterday. saw quite a few ridleyi - interesting structure, very nice. very tempted to buy but boss not around and aunty doesn't know the price just that it's pricey. so left empty-handed. close call :)/>
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 10:19 AM

View Postmainmainaja, on 25 March 2010 - 09:55 AM, said:

dropped by at uncle phua's yesterday. saw quite a few ridleyi - interesting structure, very nice. very tempted to buy but boss not around and aunty doesn't know the price just that it's pricey. so left empty-handed. close call http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif


actually that is the problem with them. i am surprise that eric didn't know the price too.
yes they are not cheap.
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 09:07 PM

View Postmainmainaja, on 25 March 2010 - 09:55 AM, said:

...and aunty doesn't know the price just that it's pricey. so left empty-handed. close call
Not so close!! I'm taking a hiatus from the hobby and have a few ridleyii to sell. PM or SMS me if you need pics and prices. It's ok if you've already gotten yours.
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