Dicksonia antarctica: 'The Soft Tree Fern'
2 Foot Tree Fern
Trunk height at dispatch: Appox 70 cm
Tree Fern logs are sold by the foot
Loves some sun or part/full shade
2ft Tree Fern
Beautiful Tree Ferns from Victoria, Australia.
We dispatch full care notes with every order detailing water and feed requirements, pruning and any other specific care. We make it as easy as we can for you! These prehistoric beauties make an unusual gift, and look equally at home in a formal courtyard garden or naturalistic scheme. Ethically sourced from the sustainable forests of Victoria, Australia, each tree fern comes with its own 'Department of Sustainability and Environment' label guaranteeing it's identity. These tree ferns are ideally suited to containers where they look fantastic as a specimen or mixed with other architectural plants in a semi-shaded border.
Our tree ferns are available in many different sizes and once happy the leaves unfurl up to 1 m or more in length. We can handwrite any personal message for the recipient on to a wooden gift tag threaded with jute string. Your gift will arrive in a lovely reusable calico drawstring bag, safely boxed as always. A beautiful tree fern makes a lasting and memorable gift.
Height at dispatch 60-70cm.
PLEASE NOTE: If the leaves are too large we will remove them before dispatch, and in winter they drop their leaves ready to re-frond the following spring.
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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.