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Is it too late to plant a Cyathea dealbata? (Silver Tree Fern)

I ordered a Cyathea dealbata (Silver Tree Fern) a while ago but it is only now being dispatched. It should be arriving in the last week of August or the first week of September. I want to plant this fern but I am wondering is it too late in the season to plant it? Should I leave it in its pot until the spring and plant it then? Thank you


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,062
    Cyatheas are borderline to probably not hardy in the UK ; unless you live in a very mild area . Maybe leave in the pot in a conservatory for the winter ; you may get away with an unheated greenhouse . Another option would be to attempt growing it in a large pot , stand out during the summer months and bring indoors for the winter .
    Good luck anyway !
  • Thanks for the advice. I live on Anglesey in North Wales. We don't normally get harsh winters, it rarely goes below minus five here. Is that still too cold for the Cyathea dealbata?

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,062
    edited August 2018

    Sounds like you might be OK with it according to this (above) . Their worst enemy seems to be cold wind .

    Had a Cyathea medullaris a few years ago (Black tree Fern); did fairly well until 09/10 when it succumbed to the -15C we saw for several consecutive nights .

    In East Lincolnshire , normally mild but can get very cold when the Easterlies set in during winter .
  • That's the site I ordered it off and that's the only information I can find on it. I think we got to -7 in the 09/10 winter and that one of the lowest recorded for my area.

    I like the sound of the Black Fern, I may get that next spring.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,062
    Apologies for not being of more help ! :/

    Best of luck with the Cyathea .
  • Thanks for your help.
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