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Re: price of Microsorum pteropus
My LFS sells java fern (M. pteropus) for less than $5 US. These aren't
premium plants, just starts with 2-4 leaves on a couple inches of
rhizome. The same shop sells premium plants at fairly high prices.
They got $34 US for a single fully-developed Barclaya longifolia that I
traded in for credit. They have offered large potted "mother" swords
for similar amounts.
Java fern grows pretty slowly when submersed, but it usually grows
emersed in nature. I suspect that commercial growers grow it emersed
and that it will grow that way much faster than it will grow when