Growing plants on tree fern trunk

ourarka

Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by ourarka » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:17 am

I noticed some small weeds growing out of the trunk of my very healthy tree fern, and got me to thinking whether anyone intentionally uses them .... as a live mount for any bromeliads/epiphytes/orchids? I think it is something I would be interested to do, but of course they would have to be hardy as my tree ferns don't come in.

charliepridham

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by charliepridham » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:49 am

I allow assorted ferns to colonize, I think they are mostly natives, I had thought about Philesia but they are possibly a bit big if happy!

kata

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by kata » Wed Jun 26, 2013 11:51 am

Seems feasable an Idea Ouraka,

I was thinking something like this, its climbing the garage at the moment. I also put a cutting of it on the back where old pebbles are, it seems to have taken ok.

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ourarka

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by ourarka » Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:40 pm

Yes, that would probably work though not sure I would want something that is going to spread too much as the trunk is beautiful in its own right. I was thinking something a bit more dainty?

fern Rob

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by fern Rob » Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:30 pm

I have put Bromeliads on wooden plates and hooked them on to the Tree ferns but I did not make holes in the Tree fern to plant them has I did not know what dammage it would do to the tree ferns trunk and root run.

kata

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by kata » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:01 pm

I
was thinking something a bit more dainty?
Very funny ouraka............ :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

fern Rob

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by fern Rob » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:00 pm

I don't know how but can you get moss to grow on the Dicksonia antarctica.

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Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by Tom2006 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:08 am

I would and do remove and weeds/plants growing on mine.
Most wanted list - Any Young Trachycarpus and/or fern.

charliepridham

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by charliepridham » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:26 am

Not to everyone's taste but this is my Dicksonia as of this morning
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002 by charliepridham, on Flickr
Moss and ferns (I draw the line at fireweed!)
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001 by charliepridham, on Flickr

fern Rob

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by fern Rob » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:48 am

How do you get all the ferns to grow on the Dicksonia antarctica trunk.

griphuz

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by griphuz » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:16 am

I'm growing Polypodiums on a dean one, so you might as well try it on a living one :)

Kind regards,
Remko.

kata

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by kata » Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:38 pm

Its rained here all day but if its fine tomorrow then I am going to try a couple of pieces of sedum whilst its still the growing season.

:lol: :lol:

ourarka

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by ourarka » Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:08 pm

Nice to know it can be done - not sure I would want to cover the entire trunk, but might have a little look in to things like hardy orchids etc.

fern Rob

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by fern Rob » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:18 pm

I'm going to the local garden centre tomorrow to see what may grow on to the Dicksonia antarctica without the plants being deep rooted.

charliepridham

Re: Growing plants on tree fern trunk

Post by charliepridham » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:28 pm

fern Rob wrote:How do you get all the ferns to grow on the Dicksonia antarctica trunk.
Just make sure it never dries out, the ferns just arrive and grow. I have a dripper on a timer it gets two lots of 30 mins a day of dripping into the crown

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