Tree ferns are found growing in tropical and subtropical areas, including cool to temperate rainforests in Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring regions (e.g. Malaysia, Lord Howe Island, etc.). Like all ferns, tree ferns reproduce by means of spores formed on the undersides of the fronds.


Can you cut a tree fern in half and replant? This is a rough tree fern, a Cyathea and you must dig this one up if you want to transplant it. It cannot be cut in half. You recognise a Cyathea or the rough tree by these prickly hairs that are at the bottom of the fronds. You can just chop it and transplant it and new roots will grow.

how do tree ferns grow?

Tree ferns thrive in a sheltered, humid and shaded position, with plenty of room so that the top of the plant can spread without crowding. Fronds on mature specimens may reach 2m (6ft) or more in length. They should be planted in humus-rich, neutral to slightly acid soil.

Do tree ferns have roots? Tree ferns are true ferns. Like other ferns, they never flower or produce seeds. They reproduce from spores that grow on the undersides of the fronds or from offsets. A tree fern's unusual trunk consists of a thin stem surrounded by thick, fibrous roots.

How deep are tree fern roots? Tree Ferns tend to be quite shallow rooted so a square hole about 50cm deep and 60cm wide should suffice. Keep the excavated soil in a pile close by.

How deep do you plant tree ferns? Planting Tree Ferns Plant the trunk about 15cm deep or if it has a taller and heavier trunk, then plant the trunk sufficiently deep in the soil for this to be stable and not moving once planted in the ground or in a pot.

Can you grow a tree fern from a cutting? Sever an offshoot from the parent plant, using a sharp spade. When the offshoot is severed, dig down about 4 inches, and then lift the offshoot, along with the roots and fleshy rhizomes, from the soil. Ferns have shallow roots, so deep digging isn't required.

Can you over water a tree fern?

WATERING: Tree Ferns love water, and you can never overwater them - soak the trunk and hold the hose into the crown for a couple of minutes when watering. Water every day in hot weather.

How often should you water tree ferns?

Watering: Tree ferns should be watered in the crown as well as the base. With drip irrigation, it's ideal to connect a 13mm line to the top of the fronds making a circle. Deep water around the base once a week, keeping in mind tree ferns come from high rainfall areas.

Will my tree fern grow back?

The Tasmanian tree fern Dicksonia antarctica will suffer browning and loss of fronds during prolonged frosts, but as long as the growing point at the centre of their caudex (furry brown “trunk”) is intact, they may well sprout back to life as if nothing happened, especially on larger specimens.

What grows under tree ferns?

tree fern companion plants 1 Crocosmia, Lucifer-- a more wide-angle photo, so you get an idea of the overall shape. shade planting inspiration with stepping stone style rocks / pinned on tobydesigns.com. Fatsia japonica - Japanese aralia. Yucca /Adam's Needle, fantastic choice for modern/ tropical style gardens.

When can I transplant tree ferns?

Tree ferns should be moved on cool, cloudy days to reduce transplant stress. Since they are evergreen, they are usually moved during the cooler, rainy winter months in tropical or semi-tropical regions.

Can you grow tree ferns indoors?

Growing ferns in living rooms. Some subtropical epiphytic (climbing) ferns, such as the polypodies Goniophlebium subauriculatum, and Phlebodium pseudoaureum, can flourish indoors as they naturally grow in trees and on rocks with less available water and increased air movement causing lower humidity.