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Baby Tree Fern - Help needed please.

Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,380
I rescued what I think is a baby tree fern which had been planted in full sunshine in the school garden I look after. I've potted it up in a l litre pot but it now looks pretty dead, apart some one or two minute green blobs at the base. I'm keeping in the kitchen at the moment which is about 20 deg. Do I need to keep it watered or kept dry? In the dark or as light as possible? and finally do they usually die down over the winter then resprout? Am I wasting my time?
North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,855
    Can you post a photo?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,380
    I could try,  but there's not much to see! I took off all the small brown shrivelled bits and it's only got a 1-2 inches high kind of trunk left.  If it is a tree fern, then it's not suitable for the school garden (exposed, south-facing slope) so I'm not sure what to do with it now. I don't have a heated greenhouse.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,415
    Hi Lizzie27 tree ferns don't need to be heated over winter just protected from frost,mine have lived through several hard winters quite happily. without a picture to see exactly what you have can't be certain.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,380
    Thanks Wilderbeast, I'll put it back in my unheated porch!
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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