'Macho' Fern Spore Propagation Tips

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    Im drying a frond that has spores all over the leaves and would like any help in the process of starting plants with these. I have the frond laying over a piece of white paper and covered with another piece...Thanks for any advice
     
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Sterilise some potting compost, and dust the spores finely over the surface. Keep the compost premanently moist. The spores will germinate, and form structures (prothalli) that look a bit like a small liverwort, 3-5mm diameter. Eventually (after several months), new fern plants will appear among the prothalli; these can be carefully dug out and potted up.
     
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    Thanks Michael......
     

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