Dicksonia Antarctica Frond Pruning

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S5Tropical
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Dicksonia Antarctica Frond Pruning

Post by S5Tropical » Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:55 am

Hi everybody
So happy to finally join after years of lurking hehe.
I have a D. Antarctica, planted in June 2018. Last year, it's first proper year, I watered copiously virtually every day and last year got two full flushes, well they've survived remarkably and now I have 13 fat green knuckles quickly unfurling.
I'm very apprehensive about chopping theold fronds as they're still alive and feeding the tree fern, my question is what would you do.
Thanks everyone and looking forward to your answers and contributing myself.

George
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chainsaw kid
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Dicksonia Antarctica Frond Pruning

Post by chainsaw kid » Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:06 am

Personally I would leave well alone, we don't chop leaves of other garden plants with out good reason. So why Dicksonia antarctica? I recently saw a post on another forum by Kev Spence who had left his leaves to die on the plant, which then hung down the trunk. I thought it looked much more natural and I think I shall try it on mine. The dead leaves should also offer some protection to the plant. I realise this look will not appeal to every one! icon_thumright

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Dicksonia Antarctica Frond Pruning

Post by shanks60 » Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:44 am

I cut mine off in the spring (just done it) and never had any problems

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Dicksonia Antarctica Frond Pruning

Post by charliep » Tue Apr 28, 2020 9:59 pm

If they have gone brown you can cut them off but its not necessary and leaving the skirt of dead leaves can add winter protection for the crown, having said that I prefer to cut them off !
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S5Tropical
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Dicksonia Antarctica Frond Pruning

Post by S5Tropical » Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:24 pm

Thanks everyone for the answers,
I think I'll probably leave it till end of May
I'd feel better seeing them a bit deader if
That makes sense,i think if it was a 6 footer
I might try leaving the fronds, but he's
Only little at the moment 😂
Thanks again for the welcome 😁

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