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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

culture - water quality

Subject: Re: bryonet-mains water query
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2002 14:00:43 BST
From: Sean Edwards <>



I have a misting system at home, for a Dicksonia antarctica. It
mists 12x1minute/day, tap water (soft Manchester) as it comes,
and it yields a fine crop of odd volunteer bryophytes including
Heteroscyphus combinatus and an unidentifiable Lophocolea not
too far from L. semiteres that fruits well -- but maybe these are
more tolerant of chlorine or whatever than other species. Quite a bit
of the chlorine is possibly lost in the misting, though not things like
heavy metals? Fluoride should make the peristome teeth strong. I
use almost no nutrient additions, occasionally by hand-spraying.

Think of the mossy borders that thrive under regular garden
sprinklers, though again these may be more tolerant species.


Sean R. Edwards BSc PhD,
Keeper of Botany,
The Manchester Museum, Manchester University, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
'Phone: +44 (0)161-275-2671/2; fax: +44 (0)161-275-2676

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