Tasmanian tree ferns
lizzytanner Posts: 4
Hi. I'm new to this forum and was wondering if anyone can help. I recently watched a gardening show that made a lot of use of Tasmanian tree ferns. I think they were dickonsia Antarctica or something. There seems to be loads of sellers online but can anyone point me towards a reputable seller, or advise me what I need to be looking out for Many thanks.
Before you decide on size/price...where to buy them.... do you have the right growing conditions?
Where do you live, they will not be successful if winters are very cold.
Now tall ones seem to feature a lot on TV in courtyard town gardens with other exotic plants like bananas.
Hmm! Will one look right on the top of a windswept Irish Hill?
They are not the easiest plant for a beginner.
Partly because even a baby one a ft tall will cost a lot of money.
Quote www....."Tree ferns are slow growing and will only grow about 3-5cm per year. Therefore, when deciding which tree fern to buy it is normally best to go for one that is close to the size that you eventually want it to be. For example, a three foot tree fern is normally at least 36 years old! "
One 6ft tall will set you back £300.00.
They like it sheltered, shaded with moist soil that doesn't dry out.
Wind will shred the leaves..leave it looking tatty for the rest of the year.
In winter you have to protect next years buds/fronds from excessive wet and cold.
In summer many people water the black bare trunk daily.
I hate to dampen your enthusiasm.
Maybe it will be OK....but it is very risky.
Hopefully others can add helpful advice.
I think maybe my head's been turned by all these gardening programmes!
I've got loads of plants and shrubs that I've grown from seed or propagated but I think I was just looking for something a bit 'va va voom' and show stopping!
And now @Wilderbeast, I'm reading your post and thinking hmmmmm...is it a possibility? Will have to do lots of thinking.......