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This live oak is at a mom and pop restaurant about a minute from my house. Its covered in resurrection ferns. I wish I could get my trees to look like this.... so lush!

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waykoolplantz

Agree..here’s a night shot of one on my oaks

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Tropicdoc

I can't grow all those tropical epiphytes like you. But I've been looking into some of the Aechmea bromeliads...…. And I can grow Spanish moss. it is native and all over the place.

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PalmatierMeg
2 hours ago, Tropicdoc said:

I can't grow all those tropical epiphytes like you. But I've been looking into some of the Aechmea bromeliads...…. And I can grow Spanish moss. it is native and all over the place.

I don't know much about resurrection ferns but can't you transfer a small piece from that tree to yours? You can tie it onto a branch with cotton string that will disintegrate after the fern attaches. I tied a small piece of Spanish moss to my spinach tree and now the stuff hangs almost to the ground. 

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Tropicdoc
2 hours ago, PalmatierMeg said:

I don't know much about resurrection ferns but can't you transfer a small piece from that tree to yours? You can tie it onto a branch with cotton string that will disintegrate after the fern attaches. I tied a small piece of Spanish moss to my spinach tree and now the stuff hangs almost to the ground. 

believe me, I've tried exactly that. I have a few pieces here and there. The dang things are spreading on my brick wall UNDER one of the oaks, though!

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waykoolplantz

I love Spanish moss too

Here’s the tree this afternoon.  Photobombed by that pesky Tahina

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epiphyte
2 hours ago, Tropicdoc said:

believe me, I've tried exactly that. I have a few pieces here and there. The dang things are spreading on my brick wall UNDER one of the oaks, though!

When I attach ferns to a tree I usually put a healthy amount of New Zealand Sphagnum moss between the fern and the tree.  Initially I try and keep the Sphagnum moss fairly moist, with a little drying out between waterings.  Once the fern is established I tend to let the moss dry out between waterings.  Some ferns, such as Lemmaphyllum microphyllum, aren't able to "escape" from the moss island, while others, such as Microgramma vacciniifolia, are able to escape.  

Here's a pic of the L. microphyllum around three stories up on my tree...

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epiphyte

Waykoolplantz, that's your tree?!  Kyle shares pictures of it all the time (latest share), but I have yet to see a picture of it with the hanging Dendrobiums (aphyllum?) in bloom.  :D 

Here's an old pic of Dendrobium lituiflorum blooming on my tree.  It would be a big specimen now but a few years back I removed it and gave a big division to the Huntington Botanic Garden... specifically John Trager.  I wanted him to see how it compares to their Dendrobium aphyllum.  

 

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Josue Diaz

I love trees covered in epiphytes! I wish I could grow some in my dry, interior climate. We have lots of epiphytes on trees on our property in Central America, just wish I could recreate that look in Fresno. Here are a few pictures from our trees:

bromeliads galore!

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These ceiba species are loaded with tillandsia, bromeliads, aroids, orchids...etc. 

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epiphyte

Josue, which epiphytes have you tried?  I'm guessing that the cold in Fresno would be a bigger problem than the dryness.  There are lots of relatively dry growing epiphytes.  The orchids and Tillandsias in my front yard get watered around once a week at night during summer.  

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Josue Diaz
Just now, epiphyte said:

Josue, which epiphytes have you tried?  I'm guessing that the cold in Fresno would be a bigger problem than the dryness.  There are lots of relatively dry growing epiphytes.  The orchids and Tillandsias in my front yard get watered around once a week at night during summer.  

I can actually grow Platycerium. I have a few that I will be mounting this coming season. Hoya have also proven quite hardy. I have several large plants in hanging baskets. As far as bromeliads go, I am trying an unknown aechmea that doesn't seem to mind the cold, and a bilbergia hybrid. I use to have a large clump of the grocery-store guzmania mounted on a tree fern, but it died during the freeze in 2007. I may try some cheap guzmania again. 

Is that a cymbidium on your tree? How cool. I never thought to mount mine. I have several large clumps that grow and bloom reliably for me outdoors. 

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Josue, if you can grow Platycerium bifurcatum and veitchii, then you should be able to also grow the orchids that share the same habitats, such as Dendrobium speciosum, delicatum and kingianum.  The Hoyas you grow also share habitat with other epiphytes such as orchids and ferns.  The same is true of Billbergia nutans.  Another couple good ones to try are Aechmea recurvata and Tillandsia aeranthos.  They both grow easy from seed.  

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Tropicdoc

Hey guys.... any suggestions for wet zone 9a?

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