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Australian Tree Fern

Dicksonia antarctica

Half-hardy Perennial

Feast your eyes on the extraordinary RHS AGM Australian Tree Fern! Long, finely cut fronds of up to 1.5m (5') unfurl from the crown in a truly magical display that adds drama to damp, shaded areas of the garden. Native to Australia, Dicksonia antarctica is hardy to around -5°C (23°F) and thrives in the relatively mild, wet climate of the UK. This slow growing species forms just 3cm of trunk per year, taking many years to reach its ultimate height of around 4m. A truly magnificent addition to a sheltered garden and makes the perfect specimen for woodland areas and exotic borders. Height and spread: 4m (13').

Ideal For:
patio, greenhouse, conservatory, exotic garden, specimen plant, woodland garden
Flowering Period:
March, April, May
Position:
dappled shade, shade
    • 1 x 0.5ft trunk

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    • Despatch: By end of April 2017
    • £39.99
    • 1 x 1ft trunk

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    • Despatch: By end of December 2016
    • £59.99
    • 1 x 2 litre potted plant

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    • Despatch: By end of May 2017
    • £19.99
    • 1 x 3ft trunk

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    • Despatch: By end of May 2017
    • £99.99
    • 2 x 0.5ft trunk

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    • Despatch: By end of April 2017
    • £69.99
    • 2 x 2 litre potted plant

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    • Despatch: By end of May 2017
    • £34.98
Plant Dicksonia antarctica plants in reliably moist, rich fertile, preferably acid soil. Choose a damp sheltered position in dappled or semi shade. A woodland situation is ideal. Alternatively, plant Tree Ferns in containers of humus rich soil that can be moved outdoors in summer and returned to a greenhouse or conservatory over winter.

Tree Ferns originate from the humid forests of Australia where they enjoy high levels of rainfall. When growing Tree Ferns it is recommended that the entire crown and stem be sprayed with water regularly, even after establishment. A liquid fertiliser can be applied in the same way from the second year after planting. During hot weather the trunk should be watered daily to maintain adequate moisture levels.

Dicksonia antarctica is hardy to -5C (23F). To protect it from particularly cold winter weather, pack the crown with straw and hold in place with chicken wire, in late autumn before tying up the fronds and wrapping the entire plant and stem with horticultural fleece, do not use bubble wrap as this will keep the plant too damp and may rot it. Unwrap it once or twice throughout winter to turn the straw and discourage mould.

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