Anyone else growing ant plants? Lecanopteris, myrmecodia...

PlantPropagandaOctober 25, 2013

I have a soft spot for ant plants and have been growing various species of lecanopteris, myrmecodia, hydnophytum and dischidia for a while now and was wondering if anyone else did, as well? I would be interested in acquiring fresh seeds, cuttings, etc. as well. I have a few Myrmecodia seedlings growing right now, but they're not quite big enough to withstand shipping. Soon!

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I became fascinated by ant plants when I found some growing wild, Myrmecodia beccarii. I'd heard and read about them before so recognised them easily. But I've never got around to keeping them. Have seen Dischidia ant plants in the wild in PNG. The only one I have though is D. nummularia but that one's not an ant plant.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2013 at 10:58PM
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I've grown Dischidia pectinoides, but couldn't keep it alive. I have since discovered it requires very little water.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2013 at 6:58PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

I have one small Lecanopteris which was a gift many years ago. I've recently transferred it to a palm tree to see if it improves . Always limped along though didn't die lol
Was always worried about the ants . I already provide housing for a gazillion of them lol. gary

    Bookmark   November 4, 2013 at 3:02AM
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Yesterday, I just passed a colony of Lecanopteris sp. locally known as ant fern, thinking they're not going to thrive in our lowland tropic as these came from the colder region of our country.
Fortunately, i got myself a Myrmecodia tuberosa mounted on a branchlet for the first time with inconspicuous bright orange fruit and seemingly volunteer seedlings hitchhiked along.
it's still a plant on trial though.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2013 at 8:38AM
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I was super happy when Myrmecodia beccarii survived its first winter outside. It got down to at least 32F. Unfortunately, it only put out two new leaves this summer. But it didn't lose many so that's a good thing.

It's mounted on a wooden plank that's covered with a fairly thin layer of New Zealand Sphagnum. During summer I water it at night but it dries out during the day. It probably wants more moisture but it's always safer to err on the side of too much drainage.

I also have Dischidia major. It's mounted just like the M. beccarii. It's grown really great this summer. This will be the first winter that I'll test it outside.

What I plan on doing with all of my "test" Hoyas/Dischidias is cutting off all their new growth which I'll propagate inside the house in clear storage bins covered in clear plastic by the windows. In previous years the new growth would get killed by the cold and this would open the door for miniature monsters to rush in and kill the plant.

Not sure if this Dischidia is really an ant plant...

I've had quite a bit of success with Myrmecophilas. Because they are CAM orchids I don't use any moss when I attach them to boards. Plus, I try and give them as much full sun as possible.

Pachycentria glauca did pretty great during the summer...but it really didn't like my fall decrease in watering frequency. It didn't help that mine were just recently established cuttings. I'd like to try growing them from seed to see if there's any drought tolerance variation between the seedlings.

I also tried an ant made a bit of growth during summer but then deteriorated during winter. It made it to spring but didn't have any energy left to hold on for summer. So it wasn't the cold that killed was a lack of warmth. It might have survived in the warmest spot in my garden.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 2:13PM
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Do you have any unusual bulbs or scented plants? Please contact me at my email address?

Thanks so much!

Frank :)

    Bookmark   December 25, 2013 at 10:12AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

tropicalgardener1212, please read the TOS and stop spamming your request. There are exchange forums for trading. There is nothing on your exchange page.

In answer to the question, most of my plants seem to be ant plants and I wish they were NOT!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2013 at 11:31AM
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Hydnophytum formicarium is an easily grown one, and have several. Would love to trade for a Myrmecodium, or whatever. Yale

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 5:46PM
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