Best uk fern dead Dicksonia antarctica log

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Best uk fern dead Dicksonia antarctica log

Post by tropical Tom » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:38 am

I have hollowed out a six foot dead tree fern log that was given to me. I was thinking of planting a 9cm pot size Dryopteris affinis into it, would this be the best fern to plant in this situation? I know I could plant a 9cm Dicksonia antarctica into it but due to the size of the trunk I'd rather it be a hardy fern! The site I have in mind can be quite sunny :D

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Re: Best uk fern dead Dicksonia antarctica log

Post by multim » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:14 am

I have found that if the trunk is stood upright then whatever is planted will quickly dry out, almost like a fibre lined hanging basket. However, if you lay the trunk down so that it is in good contact with the soil, then plant within,(trough style) then ferns will do very well.
Okay, that defeats the object as I guess that you are looking at a trunk with plants growing at the top?
Good idea, but I and others have tried it without success.
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Re: Best uk fern dead Dicksonia antarctica log

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:04 am

A cacti or bromeliad might fair better but look a bit different


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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:13 am

A cacti or bromeliad might fair better but look a bit different


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Re: Best uk fern dead Dicksonia antarctica log

Post by GoggleboxUK » Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:15 pm

I'd be tempted to try a Shuttlecock fern in a coir liner with a good mix of humus rich compost and water retaining crystals.

Watered daily, like a hanging basket in hot weather, it should thrive.

Alternatively, why not try a more drought tolerant grass Like these examples to create a Faux Yucca Rostrata type look:

Carex Everest

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Carex Everillo

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Carex Evergreen

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Or even a Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' (although these are perennial and die off during winter).

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All 3 of these are available at Fitzgerald Nurseries, the place that bred them.
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Re: Best uk fern dead Dicksonia antarctica log

Post by fern Rob » Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:01 pm

I would go for a fern and possibly some water retaining crystals, well water it until it gets its roots deep in to the old Dicksonia antarctica trunk.
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Re: Best uk fern dead Dicksonia antarctica log

Post by DiCasS » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:22 pm

I tried this with a dead one of mine TT tbh wasn't very successful. It did put down roots but probably one of the reasons it wasn't successful for me was because I never keep up with the watering and it kept drying out. Another dead fern trunk I have left planted out, and it is now almost covered (well it will be by the end of the season) with three different ferns which have naturally grown on the trunk. Strangely enough a Dryopteris has made its way into the top of the fern. I've left this one to grow. Although it's a dead tree fern, it's actually starting to look good.

Good luck with yours TT icon_thumleft

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Re: Best uk fern dead Dicksonia antarctica log

Post by tropical Tom » Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:30 pm

Thanks for your replies, I think, for the sake of a couple of quid, I'll try the Dryopteris affinis, if it doesn't work, then maybe lay it down and try something else. :D
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