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What is Underplanting? (You need to do this now!)

Underplanting is when you plant complimentary plants around the base, or underneath the main plant. For instance planting groundcover around the base of a low tree to fill in the area. As an example, Roses [...]

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Clumping vs Running Bamboos (Don’t make this mistake)

What is the difference between clumping and running bamboos? Bamboo species are broadly grouped into two main types: Clumping Bamboo (sympodial or pachymorph) and Running Bamboo (monopodial or leptomorph). Clumping bamboos are generally classified [...]

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GROW GUIDE: How To Care For Banana Plants

Like most other tropical plants, banana plants need extended exposure to direct sunlight for as long as possible. They also require a lot of water to keep their large leaves hydrated. Whether you are taking [...]

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Clumping vs Running Bamboos (Don’t make this mistake)

What is the difference between clumping and running bamboos? Bamboo species are broadly grouped into two main types: Clumping Bamboo (sympodial or pachymorph) and Running Bamboo (monopodial or leptomorph). Clumping bamboos are generally classified [...]

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How do you propagate tree ferns?

If you’re in the UK it’s not that easy to propagate tree ferns unless you really can provide ideal conditions and humidity.  How do you propagate tree ferns? Tree ferns such as [...]

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Are tree ferns invasive?

Are tree ferns invasive in the UK? Are tree ferns invasive? NO. If you’re growing tree ferns such as Dicksonia Antarctica in the UK, then no, it’s certainly not invasive due to [...]

  • Does a tree fern have roots?

Does a tree fern have roots?

Tree ferns do have roots, which is odd when you first get one as they come ‘cut’ from the ground with no roots at all. In fact the whole ‘trunk’ is made from roots, [...]

  • Can you grow tree ferns indoors?

Can you grow tree ferns indoors?

Yes, you can grow tree ferns indoors, but I would seriously not bother unless you can guarantee ideal conditions which will be quite a struggle.  Tree ferns are shade loving, sheltered plants that on [...]

  • Are tree ferns deciduous?

Are tree ferns deciduous?

Tree ferns such as Dicksonia Antarctica are generally not deciduous in their natural location, but can become deciduous in colder climates. Are tree ferns deciduous? Deciduous means that a plant will annually [...]

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How long does a tree fern live?

In the wild, and naturally growing in the east of Australia and in Tasmania, tree ferns can live for well over 100 years. They are fairly slow growing, so take quite some time to [...]

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Do Tree Ferns Prefer Sun Or Shade?

Tree ferns prefer shaded and sheltered spots. They will grow in full sun if they are also well watered (ideally using auto irrigation) but ideally if you can place them in a sheltered and [...]

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Do You Cut Back Tree Ferns?

No! The fronds should be left on the plant until they die, where you can just leave them to just drop off naturally, or you can just prune them off, at least a few [...]

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Are Tree Ferns Hardy?

While certain ferns do require particular growing circumstances, tree ferns are resilient, easy to cultivate and add a unique appeal to a variety of garden settings. In general, tree ferns are long-living hardy plants. [...]

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How Do You Take Care Of A Tree Fern?

The tree fern begins with a bare, soft, bristly trunk. The fronds begin to unfurl in late spring. The plant is transformed within a few weeks, with bright green fronds of ferns reaching up [...]

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How Do You Look After Trachycarpus Wagnerianus?

The Trachycarpus wagnerianus Palm Tree, sometimes known as the 'Waggie, or’ wag wag’ is a low-maintenance palm that is easy to grow and maintain. It has small, beautiful fan-shaped leaves that are resistant to [...]

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Can You Eat Jelly Palm Fruit?

Yes, it’s very much edible. Jelly palm fruits are described as sweet, tart, and juicy, with a flavour that some compared to pineapple. Pindo fruit can be eaten fresh from the tree, most people chew [...]

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How Do You Care For Butia Capitata?

The pindo palm (Butia capitata) gets its name from the delectable jams and jellies created from the tree's fruit. A handsome evergreen palm, easy to grow, jelly palm is salt, heat and drought tolerant and [...]

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How Fast Do Jelly Palms Grow?

Pindo palms (Butia) are one of the fastest-growing palm trees. They grow a height of 12–24 inches (30–61 cm) per year. They can take anywhere between 5 and 10 years to achieve maturity. Of [...]

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How Quickly Does Trachycarpus Grow?

How Fast Does Trachycarpus wagnerianus Grow?Trachycarpus wagnerianus have a moderate growth tendency and will reach a maximum height and spread of 16 to 19 feet roughly 6.5 feet respectively over 50 years. They love full [...]

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How to Re-pot an Acer Tree

Acer trees or Japanese maples are beautiful trees ideal for pots, not only because they are slow growing but also because they can very much be enjoyed by those with small yards or gardens despite [...]

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Do Acers Like Acid Soil, and what does PH mean?

First, what does soil pH mean? Acers are beautiful trees that create a refreshing atmosphere in your garden or courtyard. Although Acers are not picky when it comes to soil, they prefer acidic soil, one [...]

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Do Acers Like Ericaceous Compost?

The short answer to this question is yes. To fully understand the question and answer of this article, we need to consider the meaning and components of ericaceous compost. What Is Ericaceous Compost? This term [...]

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When To Prune Acer Palmatum Trees In The UK

Acer palmatum trees, often called Japanese maples are naturally elegant large shrubs or small trees that grow in a weeping form or round form depending on the cultivar that you are cultivating. Hence, they require [...]

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How To Take A Cutting From An Acer Tree

Acer palmatum maple trees are beautiful trees that are seen in many gardens around the UK. They are often grown through propagation by seeds, grafting, or softwood cuttings. The more popular and successful methods [...]

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Do Acers Lose Their Leaves?

The simple answer is yes, they do! The natural loss of acers losing their leaves Acer palmatum Orange Dream - Special Japanese Maple Although Acer Palmatum are known as some of the most [...]

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Why Are My Acer Tree Leaves Turning Brown?

Acer palmatum is a low maintenance plant that is relatively easy to grow. Most of the cultivars in this genus can survive weather and soil conditions that other less hardy plants will not. So, when [...]

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