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Hi all. I cut the old browning fonds of my fern too early (pre Christmas) and now there doesn't appear to be any New fonds starting to appear. What should I do, has it died? Thanks in advance.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,349

    It doesn't look like a standard  fern to me. Do you know what it is you actually have James? Is it a tree fern?

    Many varieties of ferns are later anyway, and it will also depend where you live, but  a tree fern is completely different.  

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444

    Is it a tree fern, James?  And whereabouts in the world are you?  

    It certainly doesn't look very promising, though that small gold coloured curly piece (at 6 o'clock as I look at the photo) might be alive.  Tree ferns need winter protection - wrapping the top in fleece or packing with straw - in most of Britain because they're not fully hardy.  The insulation needs to be kept in place until most frost risk is over; I think you'd expect to see signs of growth by now, unfortunately...

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444

    Snap, Fairy...  image

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • I am Hertfordshire southern U.K. As to what type of fern I am not sure. The fonds are very large when grown.

  • Mine have been slow to come on this year.  Suggest a good watering with a few watering cans full. 

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,444

    I believe you're supposed to keep the "trunk" moist too, if it is indeed a tree fern - and from what Villaverde says, it would be wise to wait a bit before giving up on it.

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Very carefully using a soft paint brush brush out the centre. There should be some tightly curled fonds there. If there is water really well, a couple of gallons and fleece it with bubble wrap. It may still grow as in native New Zealand it can survive in minus 18 degrees.

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