Mouldy tree fern

caminthegarden

Mouldy tree fern

Post by caminthegarden » Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:17 pm

The trunk of my tree fern has greeny blue patches , is it mould and harmful, need to know !

Tom2006
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Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by Tom2006 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:15 pm

Is it alive? If so its likely to be moss/algae.
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caminthegarden

Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by caminthegarden » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:16 am

Totally alive , but patches are spreading , will try again to post a close up pic,

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Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by Tom2006 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:51 am

Pictures are needed really. If its in a damp sheltered spot I would guess algae or moss but better to post some pictures so people can see and advise.
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caminthegarden

Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by caminthegarden » Tue Nov 01, 2011 6:10 pm

Here is a photo of my mouldy tree fern
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Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by Nigel Fear » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:38 pm

Hopefully, it's just Moss or Algae, if it's otherwise growing healthily,and well watered there's no reason to suspect mould, however you could give it a light anti fungal spray, the type you spray on roses for instance.
To remove Algae or Moss you could probably just scrape it of fairly easily, I sometimes see it in the soil of moist potted ferns, and it doesn't hurt, I think it adds to the foresty look.

sanatic1234

Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by sanatic1234 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:48 pm

It looks like a pigeon has been using it for target practise. :lol: On a serious note does it come off with a hosepipe when sprayed? say like on the jet setting on the hose nossle?

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Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by Tom2006 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:17 pm

It looks suspicious. I would try to jet it off with water and they give a light anti fungal treatment. Is that a climbing plant around the top right of the trunk, if so I'd remove it ASAP.
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Nick

Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by Nick » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:38 pm

My big Dicksonia antarctica has a carbuncle thing about half way down the trunk, it lets out a brown liquid but the lump is an orange colour, stuff washes out if I put the hose pipe on it, photo to follow tomorrow at some point, has anyone else had such growths on there Dicksonia antarctica's :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:


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Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by Tom2006 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:51 pm

Is this after last winter Nick?...if so its probably just slight winter damage. Pics will be useful.
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sanatic1234

Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by sanatic1234 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:00 am

Just what i thought tom, when nick mentioned about orange colour stuff.

Nick

Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by Nick » Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:37 am

I will get you the photo's tomorrow once I am up and about as on nights, the place releases a brown colour liquid if I put the hose pipe onto it, so much so it's made a bit of hose pipe that was yellow go brown that I use to tie it to it's support, as you will see in the photo's once taken :) :) :) it will be good to know what it is once and for all.

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Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by Nick » Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:47 pm

Well I am up, and went out to get the photo's and it is worse than it was when I last looked at it about a fortnight ago.
Please note the problem is very near to where they hammer the nail into the trunk with the label, weather this has something to do with it I don't know, so Dr's what's your prognoses of my problem, I look forward to hearing from you all.

In this photo it looks like the coan of a Volcano?
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Then I moved and got a better view of it
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And in this one it shows how the colour is washing out/off and staining what ever it runs down on, even a near by T-Rex leaf has been stained,
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Please, is it what you thought or is it something far worse than you thought, now you've seen the pics??will it survive or is it on it's way out, or should I cut it off above the wound re plant it and burn the rest of the log to stop it spreading to my other one further along the bed??????

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Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by caminthegarden » Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:55 pm

Well Tom , your TF seems even in worse shape than mine ..but back to me ! Have tried spraying with hose on jet and it did help remove some , but seemed a bit agressive . It really is a Verdigris green like you get on copper , maybe its a plant specific lichen, dont think algae in Earls Court , Its been in a sunken pot in bed for 12 years , and has never been wrapped up , and seems happy , just hope it doesnt siginify a weak plant , also took your advice and picked out parasitic plant on it , campanula muralis,

Nick

Re: Mouldy tree fern

Post by Nick » Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:51 pm

Hi caminthegarden, my problem seems a lot more server than yours lol, you would not want what mines got lol take a look at the photo's and let me know what you think :lol: :lol:


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