I'll be interested to see the progress, I grow l.sinuosa and it has had spore bearing fronds but none have ever accidentally grown, are you going to sow in a clear container with a lid? I've been thinking of giving it a go myself
Yes it seems fairly easy to grow ,it has a tendency to grow out of its pot , your method is similar to what I was planning, microwaved peat and I was going to use clear takeaway tubs under a Flo lights, do you have any idea on temperature for the spores to germinate?
Had another peek at the ant fern spore pots and have spotted at least nine sprouts in the pot that last had one.
The other pot had no visible sprouts and looked to be drier than the sprouted pot.
Added more moisture to that pot and now it has one visible sprout.
Whereas before the initial gametophytes looked like two circles slightly overlapping one another they now remind me of a lime green colored globular shaped cactus seedling.
Keeping the humidity at the correct levels in the bags seems to be a bit of a balancing act.
Humidity has to be high enough to encourage the spores to sprout, but not so wet so as to encourage green algae growth on the pot's surface.
The pot with one ant fern sprout has hardly any algae growth, whilst the more sprouted pot has a few small green algal patches, that will be monitored to see how quick they are to spread out.
Having never grown any ferns out from the spore stage before, this process has been very interesting.
And because these are grown in a sealed bag/enclosure, they are pretty much maintenence free, save for the odd misting when the pots look dry or when some premptive action is required to counteract some green baddies that show up.