Cyathea root pruning...

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Cyathea root pruning...

Post by countrylover » Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:41 pm

I would like to make my fern a bit lighter than it is now. I know air layering will not work (or will it?) So I decided to make the rootball 25% smaller. Can this treatment kill the plant?
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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:21 pm

Marcin, I did it last year on my two larger cooperi and it had no ill effect on them. In fact, they put out the largest fronds since i've had it.


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Post by countrylover » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:29 pm

Oh, at last some good news icon_cheers icon_cheers Thanks Mark icon_thumleft icon_thumleft It saves me a lot of money, trouble and my back.
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Post by Tom2006 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:40 pm

On another forum there is a guy who does this every few years for his potted tree ferns and reports very good growth.
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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:05 pm

countrylover wrote:Oh, at last some good news icon_cheers icon_cheers Thanks Mark icon_thumleft icon_thumleft It saves me a lot of money, trouble and my back.
Have a look at this Marcin.................http://www.growingontheedge.net/viewtop ... f=2&t=7266. He regularly trims his roots , great topic too and what a fern / tree fern enthusiast this guy is , i think its the one Toms refering to as well.


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Post by Tom2006 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:09 pm

That's the one. Thanks for digging it up. It's a great read.
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Post by countrylover » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:09 pm

Super :mrgreen: I will search the net when I have a spare moment.
I also read that C. medullaris likes to be potbound. And since mine has it's fronds shortened pruning the roots will be balanced already
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Post by countrylover » Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:57 pm

Done. No wonder it was so heavy. Apart from roots the pot was full of heavy gravel
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Post by Tom2006 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:11 pm

countrylover wrote:Done. No wonder it was so heavy. Apart from roots the pot was full of heavy gravel
Good job you potted on, sounds like a poor effort with whoever potted it before you.
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Post by countrylover » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:35 pm

Why poor? It was made so the potting mix had excellent drainage and to make plant stable. I used very light mix of compost, expanded clay aggregate and styrofoam. Anyway, now it weighs maybe 15 kilos less icon_blackeye
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Post by Arlon Tishmarsh » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:50 pm

countrylover wrote:.........now it weighs maybe 15 kilos less icon_blackeye
about the same weight loss as your wallet after you paid for it..... :lol:

Will have to trim my two cyathea soon, the roots are over the top of the pots now. They're certainly vigorous.


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Post by countrylover » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:11 pm

about the same weight loss as your wallet after you paid for it.....
Nein!! I paid by bank transfer :lol: :lol:
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Post by Tom2006 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:30 pm

countrylover wrote:Why poor? It was made so the potting mix had excellent drainage and to make plant stable. I used very light mix of compost, expanded clay aggregate and styrofoam. Anyway, now it weighs maybe 15 kilos less icon_blackeye
Its just lazy to use lots of heavy gravel. Must better to use a good fine bark along with something like perlite. icon_thumleft
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Post by countrylover » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:47 pm

You're right but when you have a "tree fern farm" it is difficult. Iagine you have dozens of big tree ferns with lightweight pots and in windy weather you have to walk around and put up all the fallen ones. I also found a piece of screw in the pot, seems like the pot was screwed into the floor to keep the plant upright.
But seems like the plant did not mind all this gravel. The roots broke 2 plastic pots and plant is healthy, the second leaf is unfurling :D
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Re: Cyathea root pruning...

Post by Tom2006 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:51 pm

countrylover wrote:You're right but when you have a "tree fern farm" it is difficult. Iagine you have dozens of big tree ferns with lightweight pots and in windy weather you have to walk around and put up all the fallen ones. I also found a piece of screw in the pot, seems like the pot was screwed into the floor to keep the plant upright.
But seems like the plant did not mind all this gravel. The roots broke 2 plastic pots and plant is healthy, the second leaf is unfurling :D
If Spring arrives this year I can give little soirees under my tree fern :mrgreen:
The main thing is they are at a good home now. Make sure you get some pictures up soon please icon_thumleft
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