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Treeflute lichen is typically found on the surfaces of trees, where it spreads out to form a branched, fan-like shape. Lichen is a form of fungus that feeds off oxygen while growing onto trees and rocks. Lichens can give a gardens an overall aged appearance. For best results, avoid planting lichens in the summer because the heat may cause the spores to dry out and die.
Select a place to grow the Treeflute lichens. The ideal space is on the north side of a rock or tree. Treeflute lichens like shade and moisture, so porous rocks, rocks with cracks or a primarily shaded tree branch are the best locations.
Combine a half-cup of yogurt with a half-cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray the area where you would like Treeflute lichens to grow. Use the entire spray bottle, saturating the area.
Sprinkle the moistened area with the powdered Treeflute lichen. Apply the heaviest amounts to areas with cracks, crevices or pores.
Combine another half-cup of yogurt with half-cup of water. Spray the area again to moisten and to hold the Treeflute lichen powder in place.
Continue treating the powdered Treeflute lichen with the yogurt spray roughly every three to four days, or when the area seems to be drying out.
Apply a liquid seaweed fertilizer with a paintbrush if small Treeflute lichen spores have not appeared within three months. Using the fertilizer in addition to the yogurt will provide the lichen with additional nutrients.
End treatments when the lichens show growth. Observe the lichens and add moisture if they appear dry, especially during the summer.