The first time you ever see a Tree fern I guarantee you will stop in your tracks and be utterly captivated as you try to comprehend what is in front of you. Tree ferns are a pre-historic plant but put them in a modern contemporary garden and they always look superb. So a recent and wonderful RHS podcast was enthusing about ferns of all kinds and when it came to Tree ferns this I what I learned.
- The root system of a tree fern is in the trunk and not in the ground (stay tuned as more on that later).
- Plant them in a gaggle. On their own they look great, in a group they look amazing.
- Plant them at rakish angles – they look more natural and it adds to their wonderful form.
- Tree ferns look great from all angles and particularly from above (so an upstairs window) so bear that in mind when choosing where to put your new additions.
- Always water the crown not the base (remember the roots are in the trunk not the ground!)
- Stuff straw in the crown in November to protect it through the winter.
- If your part of the world gets particularly cold in the winter then perhaps consider some wrapping or even shifting it into an unheated greenhouse.
- Don’t be tempted to cut the brown fronds off – leave them until spring when the new fronds are starting to appear.
- You will never ever be disappointed if you pop a Tree fern in your garden.
Oh and the RHS Podcast I mentioned can be found here: