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Dicksonia Antarctica Soft Tree Fern AGM

Dicksonia Antarctica Soft Tree Fern AGM

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Dicksonia Antarctica, commonly referred to as the soft tree fern, is a distinctive species native to southeastern Australia, including regions of Victoria, New South Wales, and Tasmania. Renowned for its unique appearance and ability to evoke a tropical or prehistoric ambiance, the soft tree fern is a widely cultivated plant with several key characteristics.

In terms of its appearance, the soft tree fern features a notable trunk covered in a dense layer of soft, rusty-brown to dark brown hairs, providing it with a rough texture. The fronds, characterized by their large and feathery structure, can grow to lengths exceeding 3 meters (10 feet) or more.

In its natural habitat, Dicksonia Antarctica thrives in cool, moist environments such as forests, gullies, and along stream banks. Cultivation considerations include a preference for cool, temperate climates, with hardiness spanning USDA zones 9-11. While the soft tree fern can endure light frost, additional protection may be necessary in colder climates. Ideal growing conditions involve a shaded or partially shaded position with well-draining, moist soil. Regular watering, particularly during dry periods, is crucial for optimal growth.

In landscaping, the soft tree fern is a popular choice for creating a tropical or exotic atmosphere. It is often employed as a focal point in gardens or incorporated into lush, shaded planting schemes. Given their size, these ferns are well-suited for expansive gardens and can be planted either in groups or as solitary specimens.

 At a glance

  • The easiest to grow of all tree ferns

You will receive 1 x potted 9cm plant.

Common Name
Genus
Plant Form
Plant Type
Climate Temperate
Plant habitat
Sunlight Partial shade
Watering Medium
Flowering period
Flower Colour
Season of interest Autumn
Foliage Evergreen
Hardiness Rating (RHS) H4 (-10 to -5 °C),H5 (-15 to -10 °C)
Soil type Clay, loam, peat
Soil PH
Size
Awards
Care notes

Regular pruning of dead or damaged fronds to preserve the fern's appearance and encourage new growth.
In colder climates, protective measures may be necessary during winter, such as wrapping the trunk with straw or hessian to insulate it from frost.

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