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Robert Pulvirenti, April 9 in Hoya and Dischidia species that closely interact with Ants (Apocynaceae)
My method of growing the imbricate forms of Dischidia is to have them both potted and mounted. The young plant is started in a pot and when the stems start growing over the rim, the pot is mounted onto a hardwood fitch ( the one shown is from an old telegraph pole) and the stems trained onto the timber. The advantage with this system is that watering is not as critical as in a plant that is just mounted, with this system the plant can always draw some moisture from the pot. This method is not that different to how plants grow in the wild, if a stem in a wild plant runs into a litter collecting fern for example it will infiltrate the moist litter and concentrate a whole lot of roots in this area to exploit the extra moisture and nutrients.
Hi Robert, nice plant! You are not worried that the pole was treated with chemicals? Who is IML?
Hi Frank, these poles are old recycled ones probably from the pre-treatment days and have been weathering in the elements for decades. IML stands for Iris Marie Liddle, the wife of the late David Liddle who was an Australian authority on Hoyas and Dischidias, he used his wife's initials followed by numbers for his vast collection. You can find specimens in nearly any Botanical garden or Herbarium worldwide using his numbering system, his collection of these plants was and probably still is one of the largest in the world. David used to travel through Asia, New Guinea and the south west Pacific Islands looking for new species and forms, his wife still runs the nursery in Mareebe, North Queensland.
very interesting method to grow dischidia .
the nursery in Mareebe have a web site ?
Hi Jeff, this nursery doesn't have a web site, but I can attach an old catalogue.Microsoft Word - Email Cat2013.pdf
merci for this catalogue
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