Soft tree ferns, as dicksonia antarctica are known, will make a beautiful architectural statement in the garden.

They are native to Australia and can grow up to 20ft tall, with fronds up to 10ft long.

Ferns are considered to be 'top feeders' as the plant growth area occupies around 12 inches (30cm) below the crown/top of the plant. So water and feed ferns from the top.

Supplied in a 2L pot.

The trunk that forms is made up of the root system and old frond bases.

In its natural environment the crown is often found to be full of decaying leaf matter that has fallen. This helps retain moisture, protects the crown in winter from the cold and provides nutrients as the leaf matter decomposes.

In the UK the crown will need protecting in most areas with straw or fleece. When the last frost is gone and before the fronds start to unfurl, remove your winter protection to avoid hindering the growth of new fronds.

Make sure the crown of the fern is always kept moist and during the summer you may need to water your fern daily.


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