After making a comment that I'd like to grow one of these I was sent a link to buy one (cheers Fred). I received a lifeless looking log last year and followed some info I found out online,over the last week or so it started to have its first flush of fronds in my care "its alive" :-)
Time to protect the Dicksonia antarctica from the forecast icy blasts, so I cut off the fronds (49) as they won't make it through winter outdoors and 'plant' some of them round the trunk, fill the crown loosely with dry fir twigs with foliage still on, surround the fronds with large bubble wrap, place an upturned bucket over the fir filled crown, put polythene over that to direct any water ingress away from the plant and cover the whole lot with a mouse attacked fleece. And voila job done. Cheers Steve
I'm pleased this made it through the cold winter, unlike some other plants. It spent the coldest months in the garage as it's potted I can move it around, just gave it some orchid fertiliser as I've read once well rooted it's beneficial. hope it looks better than last year now it's more established
Crown of fronds. I removed the winter covering from the plant between the beast from the East 1 and its second coming, just placing an inverted bucket over the crown for protection. I was a bit worried whether that would be sufficient but it seems to be fine.
Last Edit: May 20, 2018 10:36:03 GMT by stevebooth
Mine took a couple of years befre it looked fully at home and only really got going once the root systems had stared exploring the soil in the bed, where there is obviously more nutrients. Has it got some shade Corky? Cheers Steve
It seems to have rooted well , maybe it would do better in a shadier position, I had read somewhere that it could handle either but suspect shade is much better , there is a difference between thriving and surviving