Tree Fern 1 foot trunk
Makes an unusual but fantastic gift!
Chunky 30cm trunks
Imported under license from the sustainable forests of Victoria, Austrailia
1ft Tree Fern
'The Soft Tree Fern'
Beautiful Tree Ferns from Victoria, Australia
These prehistoric beauties make an unusual gift. Ethically sourced from the sustainable forests of Victoria, Australia, each tree fern comes with its own 'Department of Sustainabllity and Environment' label guaranteeing it's identity as a sustainably sourced plant. These tree ferns are ideally suited to containers for the patio or courtyard where they look fantastic as a specimen or mixed with other architectural plants in a semi-shaded/fully shaded border.
Full care notes included with every order detailing water and feed requirements, pruning and any other specific care. We make it as easy as we can for you! Our tree ferns are available in many different trunk sizes and the leaves can grow up to 1m or more in length!
We can handwrite any personal message on to a beautiful wooden gift tag threaded with jute string. Each fern is dispatched in a lovely reusable calico drawstring bag and decorated with ribbon, then safely packaged before sending.
PLEASE NOTE: If the leaves are too large we will remove them before dispatch. This does no harm as the fronds will re-emerge the following spring. If you need to have more information on the care of tree ferns in winter, especially in colder areas, please see our blog on tree fern wrapping or care notes.
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Situation Open Close
Tree ferns are a full shade plant - their natural habitat is beneath the tree canopy of mature forests. They prefer a sheltered, humid position with shade for at least part of the day. However, they can cope with full sun if they have sufficient water. A humus-rich soil is ideal that retains moisture. Wind is their enemy - try to choose a sheltered site which is not particularly windy.
Although it was previously thought that tree ferns did not re-root once transplanted to the UK, they have been known to root over a period of time. However, they do not rely on these roots - they get all their nutrients and moisture through their central growing point or 'crown'.
Tree ferns are extremely slow growing - only increasing trunk height by 2.5cm a year. Therefore, when making your selection choose a tree fern for immediate effect that is instantly in proportion with the rest of your planting scheme. Remember to allow for the fact that part of the trunk will be buried to ensure the tree fern is stable when planted.
Feeding Open Close
Tree ferns thrive on a liquid feed such as Phostrogen every two weeks or so from Apr-Aug. It is very important that is only a quarter strength of the recommended dose. This should be watered in to the crown. We have also heard of them liking a tablespoon of sugar in their crown in the spring - it doesn't hurt to try this one!
Pruning Open Close
Remove fronds as necessary once they have gone brown.
Watering Open Close
Depending on their position and the amount of sun they receive, water the crown and trunk accordingly throughout the growing season. Ideally the trunk should feel damp to the touch most of the time.
Pests and Diseases Open Close
The only one to be aware of is squirrels eating the new 'knuckles' before they emerge. A crown of chicken wire will protect against this - just make sure it is removed before the fronds begin to unfurl. We have known wrens to nest in the side of them too, although hardly a pest!
Winter Care Open Close
Previously, we have been quite relaxed about winter protection, as in our part of the world a typical winter low of -6 to -8c is not a problem if the tree fern is already sited in a sheltered position. However, the winter of 2010-11 was one to remember so we would definitely recommend winter wrapping. The top 60cm of the tree fern is the part to wrap, using a breathable material such as a good 10cm thickness of straw contained by hessian or horticultural fleece.