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I have had a tree fern for about ten years,it is about 4ft tall and is planted in an old oak barrel,each winter it is wrapped in fleece and straw is packed into the rcown.It seems that each year the fronds are getting smaller and there are not so many of them(last year there were 8)any ideas to give it a bit of a boost?


  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Are you feeding your tree fern well?  And watering it well?  From having seen them growing naturally they like to grow in the shade.  Is yours in the shade?

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Its being well watered and is in partial shade,havent fed it,any suggestions

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    GillyL, are you saying it has been in an old oak barrel for 10 years and you haven't given it anything to eat?  No wonder it is fading before your eyes.

    Do not now go to the other extreme and over-feed it.  Do it correctly and regularly.

  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    any ideas on what feed would be good?

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  • ScotyboyScotyboy Posts: 5

    Very good Tree fern liquid food available in garden centres.  I have been using it regularly for the last two years and my tree fern is looking good, this year I guess I will have four or five good new fronds very soon. Keep it moist , feed regularly as per instructions, and cover crown with old leaves in winter.   Good luck.


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