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Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:56 AM

Hello, I live in Brooklyn, New York and have been growing platycerium for 2.5 years now. I keep 12 of them outside in the backyard, but bring the plants in for the colder months, where i mist them according to each species' needs. I have Roy Vail's Hobbyist Handbook and am finding my way gathering info where i can find it. Last September I ordered this P. Elephantotis from Florida. Conditions here seem great for it (extremes of sunny hot rainy summers- dry indoor winters). A friend had luck growing one here too. The problem is, this particular plant i have seems to be from the southern hemisphere, as it's seasons are reversed. I know they have distinct wet and dry seasons in Africa. It grew happily in the window all winter (everything but one fertile frond in the first photo was new growth while in my care). But now that summer growing conditions are ideal, the Elephantotis is dormant. I kept it inside to protect it from the rain, but it soon grew these brown spots, i'm guessing from being too dark, possibly over-watered, or no air flow. To avoid the spread of the rot spots i moved it outside to the sun and air, which has kept them from spreading, it seems. It's protected from the rain by fire escape stairs. hoping to just keep it alive a couple more months until new growth starts again. I water it now about once every two weeks, since it gets lots of sun and i'm scared by how much the fertile fronds shrivel when i don't water it. some of the edges no longer straighten out and fill up when i do water it. I'm scared they're getting dried and shriveled beyond return, so i water it. Anyone have any advice? Anyone recognize the cause of the spots? so sorry for the super long description. Thanks for looking. any advice is appreciated.

[img]http://http://www.flickr.com/photos/buddybuckets/7482745780/in/photostream[/img]

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:41 AM

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/kwailum/elephantortis.jpg
Enjoy the beautiful elephanttotis
I am lucky to be living in sunny tropical Singapore. I have no problem with the sun and rain, and my ferns and other plants are growing like crazy. So sorry that I cannot offer you any advice.
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:45 AM

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/kwailum/AssortedStags.jpg
an angle shot of some of my Platys
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:53 AM

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a345/kwailum/DSCF2427.jpg

More Platys

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:21 PM

Thanks for responding and sharing the gorgeous collection! My P. Elephantotis and it's removed pup have both bounced back, good as new. I will post a photo soon (though i was going to wait until their fertile fronds grew out).
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 08:27 PM

The blotchy ever-shriveling fertile fronds eventually feel off. They were the only parts that had any green on them this summer. It's working out, though not ideal for them, it's fun because there's new growth on some platy during any season.

http://www.flickr.co...in/photostream/

Here are some of my others:

http://www.flickr.co...in/photostream/

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