Description: The order Cyatheales, which includes the tree ferns, is a taxonomic division of the fern class, Polypodiopsida.In general, any fern that grows with a trunk elevating the fronds (leaves) above ground level can be called a tree fern. However, the plants formally known as tree ferns comprise a group of large ferns belonging to the families Dicksoniaceae and Cyatheaceae in the order Cyatheales.Like all ferns, tree ferns reproduce by means of spores developed in sporangia on the undersides of the fronds.Unlike flowering plants, tree ferns do not form new woody tissue in their trunk as they grow. Rather, the trunk is supported by a fibrous mass of roots that expands as the tree fern grows.
Tree Ferns Care
Choose a wind-free position in either full or half shade, avoiding direct sunshine. Somewhere within easy reach of a tap is ideal!
Tree ferns are often supplied without leaves or roots to enable easy handling and transportation. On receipt, plant the trunk sufficiently deep for stability either directly in the ground. Adding organic matter to the soil will help the new tree fern establish and provide an easy medium for the roots to grow into but they are surprisingly unfussy about soil types. When kept potted a mixture of leaf mould (or peat) and loam is fine; multi-compost is ideal.
c. Feeding and watering
The whole trunk should be given a good soak and the ‘well’ at the top should be allowed to fill with water and to overflow down the sides of the trunk. Unless you live in one the wettest parts of Great Britain tree ferns need regular watering, even once established and especially in dry weather. New fronds should begin to appear in 2 to 4 weeks and will unfurl very fast once they start, growing several inches over a weekend.
Initially your new tree fern needs no feed, just water. Once established, in its second year and beyond, they can be fed regularly (especially when new fronds are growing) with a liquid ‘high nitrogen’ fertilizer. A dilution of our special Fern fertilizer from The Palm Centre is ideal. On an already wetted trunk, slowly pour the mixture into the top and allow it to overflow and soak into the trunk. A thick layer of organic mulch on the ground surrounding the trunk will help feed the plant slowly and naturally.
- Product Code: fern-tree-fern
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