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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 <mzfses@mail1.mcc.ac.uk>
To: bryonet-l@mtu.edu

BRYONET

Jenny,

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

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Keeper of Botany,
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