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my antartica fern has not produced any fronds this year have i cut the previous fronds off too soon

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i live in northumberland so plants don't get a lot of sunshine



Why do you think that living in Northumberland you get less sunshine than anywhere else. The eastern side of the Pennines gets far less rain than the west. :-)

Anyway, back to topic. Where is the plant situated, is it sheltered? Full sun or planted in a shady area?

Do you water the trunk on a regular basis? Did you give it any winter protection? Do you live coastal or inland?

20 Jul, 2009


the plant is sheltered and situated in front of a fence in partly shaded area. yes i water the trunk on a regular basis and i wrapped it in muslin over the winter. i live inland.

21 Jul, 2009


Hi again Carol.

The most important part to protect is perhaps the top of the crown between the fronds as this is the active growing point. If this has been killed over winter, it's curtains for the whole plant I'm afraid.

This sounds strange but try pouring a can of coke (none diet type) into the crown and see if this starts it off.

It seems to work for many people.

22 Jul, 2009


yes thanks a guy at the garden centre told me the trick about the coke unfortunately it doesn't seemed to have worked but thanks anyway.

23 Jul, 2009

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