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Discover what it's like to grow your own tree ferns with our new cutting box!

This cutting box contains three tree ferns. Choice of: Dicksonia antartica, Dicksonia fibrosa and Cyathea cooperi.

Dicksonia antarctica, also known as the Tasmanian tree fern, is a striking tree fern species native to Australia, specifically Tasmania. This tree fern is known for its graceful, pinnate leaves.
Dicksonia fibrosa, also known as the New Zealand tree fern, is a species of tree fern native to New Zealand. This tree fern is similar to other Dicksonia species, such as Dicksonia antarctica, and has distinctive features. The leaves of Dicksonia fibrosa are pinnate and graceful. What makes this tree fern special is its thick, fibrous trunk when the tree fern is larger, making it tolerant of dry conditions and somewhat hardy. Compared to Dicksonia antarctica, Dicksonia fibrosa has a more robust trunk.

Cyathea cooperi is a large and impressive tree fern species native to Australia. The leaves are bright green in color.

The tree ferns thrive in moist, shady environments and are ideal for creating a tropical atmosphere in your garden.

Dicksonia is winter hardy (note: if it is large enough!) and can tolerate temperatures down to -5°C, making it suitable for temperate climates. This fern can also be grown in pots or containers, making it perfect for patios, terraces and even indoors in well-lit rooms.

Cyathea cooperi is not completely hardy and is generally suitable for regions with mild climates. When frost comes, it may be necessary to take protective measures, such as covering the plant or moving it to a sheltered location during cold spells, to protect the plant from frost damage.

The tree ferns can reach a considerable height and usually grow to a height of 3 to 5 meters. However, the growth rate is slow, meaning it may take several years for the tree fern to reach this impressive height. It is important to note that tree fern growth is highly dependent on growing conditions, including soil quality, humidity and light levels. Regular watering and a sheltered, shady location promote healthy growth and allow the tree fern to reach its maximum height.

The tree ferns require specific care to grow well. Here are some important care tips:


1. Location:

Place the tree fern in the shady area. They do best in filtered light or partial shade. Protect them from direct sunlight, especially during the hottest parts of the day.

2. Bottom:

Provide well-drained, acidic to neutral soil. The addition of organic matter, such as compost or peat moss, can help make the soil light and airy.

3. Watering:

Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Regular watering is essential, especially during dry periods. The tree fern needs high humidity, so spray the leaves regularly with water, especially in warm weather.

4. Protection against frost:

Dicksonia is hardy to about -5°C when the tree fern is large enough. It is advisable to first overwinter the cuttings indoors.

5. Nutrition:

Fertilize the tree fern during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. Follow the recommended dosage on the package.

6. Pruning:

Remove dead or damaged leaves regularly. This helps keep the tree fern looking healthy and neat.

7. Humidity:

Dicksonia thrives in high humidity. In addition to regular watering, you can place a humidifier near the plant or place a shallow bowl of water next to the fern.

8. Repotting:

Repot the tree fern only when absolutely necessary, and do so in the spring. Make sure the new pot is slightly larger than the previous one to allow room for growth.

Please note that tree ferns grow slowly and require patience. However, with proper care, these beautiful ferns will make an impressive addition to your garden or landscape.

Cutting box with 3 types of tree ferns

  • Tree fern

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