Dicksonia antarctica (Juvenile)

Soft Tree Fern

(38 customer reviews)

From: £41.95

The easiest tree fern to cultivate in the UK, Dicksonia antarctica has spectacular crowns of huge, finely dissected foliage on magnificent broad fibrous trunks.

This is a juvenile Dicksonia antarctica that hasn’t yet formed a trunk.

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Origin: Australia and Tasmania
Genus: Dicksonia
Species / Cultivar: antartica
Common Name: Soft Tree Fern
Synonym: Balantium antarcticum

Plant Biography

Dicksonia are amongst the oldest plants in the world, they even pre-date dinosaurs, existing long before flowering plants evolved. The tall tree fern specimens you can find in wild forests of Australia and New Zealand can be several centuries old.

Dicksonia antarctica (Juvenile)
Soil: Citrus Potting Mix
Enjoys a free draining slightly acidic compost with added loam.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 4m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Semi Evergreen
May only remain evergreen in milder winters, or only loose leaves for a short period.

Expert Tip

We do not recommend cutting the fronds of the tree ferns as this will lead to the trunk becoming thinner as the plant grows.
Sustainably Sourced

Sustainably Sourced

Most of the larger D.antarctica tree ferns we sell come from Victoria, Australia, whilst the juvenile specimens are grown in Europe.

The trunks of D.antarctica are collected from the wild under the strict monitoring of The Department for Sustainability and Environment, under the Flora and Fauna Act of 1988. This ensures that the harvesting is done in a sustainable way, that will not damage the survival of the ecosystem.

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Dicksonia antarctica is one of the hardier tree ferns suitable in the UK climate. It prefers a position in dappled shade and requires regular watering at the crown throughout spring and summer in order to keep the trunk damp.

In winter, provide some protection for the crown, for instance with the fleece jackets we offer, against frosts.

Dicksonia antarctica are really slow growing, only gaining about 1-2 inches per year in trunk height. A mature plant, with only 2 ft of trunk, can take 25 to 30 years to grow!

Fantastic healthy tree fern, again great customer service and speedy delivery.

Julie K

Fantastic healthy tree fern, again great customer service and speedy delivery.

38 customer reviews for Dicksonia antarctica (Juvenile)

This was my first purchase from the palm center.l am very pleased with my purchase these people sure now there stuff. Thanks for great service l will return

eric seabrook

First class service. Pleasantly surprised with the packaging, more than adequate compared to some plant suppliers. Plants arrived within a couple of days of placing the order. Dicksonia arrived in great condition. Now I know how to look after the plant hopefully it will last a lot longer than the last one. The free plant that came with the order was a surprise and will fill a nice little corner of the garden.

Phil Robertson

Delighted with my new tree ferm (and accommpanying Lady ferns). The tree ferm fronds – whose orange hairs remind me of Orangutang limbs! – have started to open up after having been planted just a few days. And always impressed with excellent and very helpful service.

Drew K

I was so pleased with the tree fern I purchased for my husband. In no time at all there were 4 fronds all evenly spaced and now we are just seeing the 12th frond uncurling. I have to say it exceeded our exppectations and we are thrilled to pieces with it.

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