Guide to Growing Tree Ferns

Written by David Howlett


Tree ferns have been around since prehistoric times whenrepparttar dinosaurs roamed repparttar 113421 earth. Originally popularised byrepparttar 113422 Victorians,repparttar 113423 tree fern has undergone something of a revival in recent years, helped no doubt by it frequent appearances in many ofrepparttar 113424 television garden makeover programmes.

Varieties of tree ferns to grow inrepparttar 113425 UK

Tree ferns can roughly be divided in hardy and non hardy when growing inrepparttar 113426 UK. It is likely there are up to a thousand species of tree fern, with most of them growing inrepparttar 113427 Southern Hemisphere andrepparttar 113428 tropics. Many of these are not a all cold hardy and it would be very difficult to grow them successfully outside inrepparttar 113429 UK. The two main cold hardy types for our climate are called: Cyathea and Dicksonia. The most commonly available of these are: Cyathea spinulosa, Cyathea australis, Cyathea dealbeta, Dicksonia Antarctica, Dicksonia fibrosa and Dicksonia squarrosa.

Different sizes of tree fern and where to buy them

Tree fern are available as plants that have been propagated from spores and complete trunks that have been harvested from rain forests or tropical areas ofrepparttar 113430 world, often as a by-product of other activities. You can usually buy them at garden centres or specialist nurseries. The trunks are often sold without fronds straight fromrepparttar 113431 container andrepparttar 113432 fronds will start to appear after a few weeks. Expect to pay more if you want to buy a tree fern with fronds.

Choosing a position for a tree fern

Tree ferns prefer to grow with some shade. They will adapt to a sunny position but will need very regular watering and may suffer from sunburn torepparttar 113433 fronds. So ideally you need to pick a spot inrepparttar 113434 garden with some shade during at least part ofrepparttar 113435 day. Ferns also like a moist surrounding and tree ferns really need watering every day duringrepparttar 113436 warmer months especially inside and downrepparttar 113437 trunk. They will grow equally happy in containers but again will prefer a shady spot.

10 Tips for Successful Rose Planting

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Planting roses isn't actually complicated, as long as you have some good advice and tips to start with...

1. Check with your local gardening center or florist forrepparttar best type of roses to grow in you climate. If you are a novice, you should look fo? disease resistant types of roses because they require a lot less maintenance.

2. When planting roses, you want to pick a spot that is well lit inrepparttar 113420 morning. You also want an area that is sunlit for at least 6 hours a day. Roses need a great deal of light if they are to grow properly. If you live in a really hot climate though, you'll probably getrepparttar 113421 best results by not planting your roses in direct sunlight.

3. Pick an area that has plenty of well drained soil. Great soil has a PH level whererepparttar 113422 amount of acid inrepparttar 113423 soil is at about 5.5-7.0. You can get a testing kit for your soil at any garden center.

4. Organic matter like manure or lime helps to nourishrepparttar 113424 roots of your roses. You should soakrepparttar 113425 roots in water or puddle clay for many minutes, and cut off any root's ends that are broken.

5. The first 3-4 weeks after planting your roses, you should water them often. Usually this is whenrepparttar 113426 top 2 inches of soil is dry. Roses need a lot of hydration and food to remain healthy.

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