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20 YEARS OF WAITING, WILL IT MAKE IT?

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Although we have two very small Tree Ferns in our garden, I have always wanted a large one, mainly because they only grow about 2 inches a year, and there was no way I would live long enough to see our small ones reach a substantial size…

So after much deliberation I decided to bite the bullet and buy one online…….I know I should have waited, hindsight is a wonderful thing!!
Within two days this enormous tree fern arrived by lorry, not in a pot……. a 4ft trunk with 3ft fronds rather dry I thought, so it had a good soaking, and was put in a pot, …………..decided to plant it the next day!!
Then we saw the forecast, no way would we be able to plant it out in all this horrible weather, so it is fleeced and tucked up in to a corner between the porch and the garden room, of course I am worried sick it is going to die before it gets in to the ground, why was I so impatient, why didn’t I wait until the weather was better? this could be my most expensive mistake yet!! it cannot come inside it is too large and hairy (the spores ? get up your nose)
So please keep your fingers crossed for Florence (Fern) and for me, because OH does not even like them, so you can imagine how the conversation is going at the moment lol

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amy
Amy
 

I will keep everything crossed for you Angela , you are braver than me I haven't had the courage to buy one I'm convinced it would die for me , the weather must change soon surely ,mustn't it ? then Florence will enjoy your lovely garden and be the Belle of the ball :o))

11 Mar, 2013

 

Spring seemed to be well on its way last week, with a few sunny days and the crocus's and daffodils opening. How could anyone think that winter would make its vengeful return? I am keeping everything crossed for you and let us know what happens.

11 Mar, 2013

 

Amy, thanks for that, I had saved up for a long time, it was money to go towards a log burner!! at least that would have kept us warm lol as you say it cannot last much longer?
Lijemc I did get lulled in to thinking Spring had come, I should have known better really!!
I will keep you all posted re Florence.....

11 Mar, 2013

 

It should be fine DD, are they old fronds or new (a bit early i think) mine are fine in the unheated Ghouse with fleece stuffed in the crown. They were before this cold snap anyway :))) have you felt for any new knuckles, mine are there..

11 Mar, 2013

 

Oh A! Could you not bring it indoors with some fleece around it so it doesn't get up your nose? Or find a spot in a shed for it for a few days? Oh blimey, I am worried now. I remember my beloved Holly Standard....spent a fortune on it and it just keeled over. I know how that felt....another victim of the cold I think. I do hope you don't have to face that. Tonight is going to be extemely cold down your way. Give it a blanket....that might help! Bring it inside the front door for a few days eh?

11 Mar, 2013

 

That is great DD - least the cold came before you settled them in and had to cover them in this naughty weather ! Hope they go well as I love these too - await the pics :)))

11 Mar, 2013

 

Oh DD I shall keep thinking about poor Florence but how can she not put down her roots when she is obviously so loved. :)))))))

11 Mar, 2013

 

Oh crumbs Dd, I hope it makes it through for you, if its tucked away and wrapped surely that gives it as good a protection as a cold g'house would, mentally crossing my fingers for you, its bad enough losing any plant but an expensive one like that would really worry me...........

11 Mar, 2013

 

Hope Florence is OK....fingers crossed for you (and her!)

11 Mar, 2013

bjs
Bjs
 

There would be know problem removing the fronds they would die back in spring anyway if it meant it was easier to store.

11 Mar, 2013

 

Oh dear....ha ha! Impulse buying at it's best.Have you not got a shed or garage to put it in?

11 Mar, 2013

 

Hope its survives for you Dd....

11 Mar, 2013

 

BJS we could cut off the fronds as you say, only problem the porch is full of tender plants with heat and just no floor space at all, and our garden room is full up and no room at all we have to eat in there so all the plants are on the one side and us on the other lol
Louisa thanks.....Lincs I just dont know what else I can do, mind you just had a brain wave........the neighbours have a large shed, now I wonder if there would be enough room?
Stroller, thanks for that, I can not believe that the weather could change so quickly....
Paul, I hoped to put on some pics the other day, but all you can see is fleece and bubble wrap and fronds sticking out of
K we only have sentry sheds with shelves with hardly any floor space unfortunately, if I bought it inside the front door we would not be able to get in or out lol it has a fat trunk, I have racked my brains today thinking of ways to keep it safe, at the moment it is turning the security lights on........
YDD I think they must be old, although they are very green, it must have been kept in a poly tunnel, I really should have found out, another stupid mistake.....if yours can survive in an unheated glasshouse, with a bit of luck mine can......fingers crossed.

11 Mar, 2013

 

Paul no garage, no shed suitable, thanks Motty.....

11 Mar, 2013

 

They are very beautiful in woodland areas and I'm sure you will create that,DD......bought a very small one many years ago......nursed it through the winters but sadly didn't survive.......keeping all crossed for you.

12 Mar, 2013

 

Meadow, we have a small area with ferns (well established) and other woodland plants, and it will hopefully go in there if it makes it lol keeping a beady eye on it.

12 Mar, 2013

 

Fingers crossed for your tree fern - they are beautiful. Tried a small one years ago with no luck!!
I've a rather large Cordyline that has been wrapped up since October, stupid purchase by my mother - we can worry together!

12 Mar, 2013

 

Scottish I know they can be difficult to get through a bad winter, but, normally with protection a large one should make it.
I hope your Cordy survives, ours are still inside the garden room, they will be planted up this spring, and fleeced until they can cope with the cold.

12 Mar, 2013

 

o dear .. o.h wood love a large one , as we lost our in the last horrid winter ... good luck with it ..

12 Mar, 2013

 

Out of all the plants in my garden my TFs are my biggest worry but they are tougher than we think, Mine made it through the winters of 2010/11, this year and last must feel like a tropical forrest to them :)))
Did you know they have there tops cut off when dug up, shipped over lying on top of each other like logs? I know a lot of tropical gardeners store them lying down in there garages over winter!!! I couldnt do that, Noooooo..

12 Mar, 2013

 

PS, last years leave's are still green, i just untied them so the new fronds can grow straight, ill have to check on the knuckles as there's still fleece stuffed in there!

12 Mar, 2013

 

YDD we decided to plant it out today as the weather was sunny, it is all done up like a dogs dinner, a bit like a mummy, it has fleece in the crown and over the trunk,and the fronds, and then bubble wrap over the trunk as well, it has gone in the top of the garden with the other ferns to keep it company, had to water it before we put it in as it was very dry!! all I can do now is pray!! I must be mad!!
Cristina thanks, keeping my fingers crossed....

15 Mar, 2013

 

They are tougher than u think DD, it has a good chance, try not to worry too much, listen to me, i would have no nails left on me fingers haha, You are warmer than us up here, i would love to plant mine out permenantly in the borders but they wouldnt survive, yours will tho :)))

15 Mar, 2013

 

PS, just been on my Tropical forum for info and it seems like you have done the right thing by planting and the watering, fleecing etc, some have planted there's out in feb, so, u can stop worrying now Phew.

15 Mar, 2013

 

YDD thanks for that, very kind of you, it is waving about in the wind, longing to get all the wrapping off, so I can see what it looks like, but the forecast is so up and down....

16 Mar, 2013

 

Lovely to have some Tropicana in the garden Dotty. Can't wait to see the picture of it out in the intended spot.

14 Apr, 2013

 

Lindak we uncovered it today, it needed some rain, as it was very dry.......fingers are still crossed.

14 Apr, 2013

 

I had a small tree fern in a pot and placed it into the garden every summer but after ten years it died. We used to put it into the greenhouse during the winter.

15 Apr, 2013

 

Have you felt inside the crown DD. Mine are out :)))

15 Apr, 2013

 

Hi YDD yes I have and I can feel some lumps, so I am hoping they are some new fronds, glad you have some too. thought about you today, took delivery of a very nice Waggy, bought it on ebay, will post a pic soon.......

18 Apr, 2013

 

Ooooh lovely, looking forward to seeing it. Yes the lumps are the new fronds, count them. I had 10 on one of mine last year, ive only felt 6 upto now.

19 Apr, 2013

 

10 you lucky devil, I can only feel one.......:-( hope a few more come along, I have been looking at my friend's TF... I took lots of pics of her lovely garden last year, and she has 3 large ones, but the trunk looks very different from ours, this one is really hairy, can you pop a pic on of yours for me please, even the ones I have seen at the nurseries are not hairy!! I am getting paranoid lol

19 Apr, 2013

 

Do you mean inside the Crown DD (hairy bits) ill take pics of crown and trunk tomorrow..

19 Apr, 2013

 

Thanks YDD no, not the crown, the whole trunk is very hairy!!

19 Apr, 2013

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