Robert Pulvirenti Posted January 26, 2015 Report Share Posted January 26, 2015 I thought I would share with the other members the basic way that growers of Ant plants in Queensland Australia grow their plants. Even though there may be small differences between growers the basics are still the same. Firstly the majority of people grow their plants in a shade house, commonly called a bush house here in Australia, this is basically a frame which is covered with shade cloth normally 50-70%. The basic difference between this system and a glass house is that watering cannot be controlled to the same degree in the shade house, as when it rains the plants get more water. A quick example, at the moment it is the Wet season here in Queensland, at the start of last week we had approx. 300mm of rain in two days as well as having small showers of rain most days. Standard blond spagnum moss mixes would stay too wet and never get a chance to dry out and eventually rot the plant. The majority of growers here use a well drained Dendrobium orchid type of mix ( medium to large bark and charcoal type mixes), My mix is bark ,charcoal, coco chunks and jumbo size perlite, the larger the plant the larger the pieces. For growers in the sub-tropical south east of the state which has cool winters, plants are brought under cover or a cover is placed on the roof of the shade house to keep the plants dryer over the cooler months. My own method here in the south east of the state is to fit a 300 micron clear cover over my shade house leaving a 250mm gap on the bottom east and west sides for air movement and also leaving the whole of the north side open. This cover is fitted at the end of May and left on until the beginning of September, this cover helps me give my native ant plants from Cape York their natural dry winter rest as well as maintain a daily maximum average temperature of 25-26c instead of our normal 21-22c. This past winter (June - August) I was able to keep young seedlings planted in early February (my first attempt) growing through the winter, though slowly. People living in the arid western inland of Queensland could not grow ant plants without special climate controlled glasshouses as summer temperatures commonly rise above 40c and humidity is very low and winter nights commonly fall below 0c. Growers living in the Southern highlands of Qld. would have problems with the cold. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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