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Post Some Autumn shots
Hi,

in spring this year i was afraid it would be a terrible year for all my tree ferns.
Late frost until the end of April. Frost down to -7 C! And snow, a lot of heavy wet snow. All my Cyatheas and Dicksonias were without winter protection, i have had done it away in early March, like every year.
I have tried to do my best and laid them down and thrown felt-like covers over them. Thats helped a bit against frost and snow, but a lot of fronds were lost. I capitulated and surrender all hope for a good fern year…

Now several months later i have to realize, it was one of the good years! All ferns recovered and develop as much fronds as every year. They have done it a bit faster. :)

Here some autumn shots.
I take a pirde in my big Cyathea aramaganensis (two last pics). It is planted out since 4-5 years. Roughly 9 years ago i bought it as a little sporling with one tiny frond. Now the fronds are 3 meters long. The stem is around 1,5 meter.

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Thomas

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Cyathea australis
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Dicksonia antarctica (background)
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Cyathea dealbata
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Cyathea aramaganensis
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... the same garden in spring:

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Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:23 pm
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Post Re: Some Autumn shots
Very nice update Thomas, your garden looks very natural with the tree ferns in a forest.

Here also frost in spring [-7ºC in april ]

Eduard.

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Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:21 pm
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Post Re: Some Autumn shots
Excellent shots Thomas the ferns look very atmospheric in the sunlight.
I am glad they made it through the late frost with minimal damage I think you really do well to keep Cyathea happy not an easy fern to keep alive as I have found to my cost.


Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:28 pm
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Hi Thomas,

Very poetic pictures!

Tree ferns + zone 6b = WOW!!!
How do you protect them during winter months???

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Post Re: Some Autumn shots
Sets a mood. Cyathea's have z 12 look!


Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:11 am
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@ eduard

Hi Eduard,
i do not live in a forest! :D
There are only 4 trees in my garden. And some others in the neighbour´s garden… :)


@ Kev
Hi Kev,

Yes, currently it is very moody. The sun is shining the hole day and in the evening the light is like a spotlight.
I´m astonished, that all my ferns were able to make up the lost two months. The growing period is short, only 8 months and if 1 - 2 months were lost, it lacks 10 - 25%.
As an example my bigger C. australis (planted out since 5 years, with 2m trunk) makes exactly 17 fronds every year. Not 16 or 18, no, exactly 17. Also this short period.
My C. medullaris, planted out since 4 years makes (only) 6 fronds, every year (gues it is to dark)

In November i have to cut off al this wonderful fronds. Oh how terrible :shock: , i don´t want to think about it. Concerning to this, it seems to me that it is more important to choose tree ferns with good growing rates then great frost tolerance. At least in my situation. I have to protect them with heating anyway. When they become bigger and bigger and more and more specimens, there is no chance to protect them with all their huge fronds. Not all Cyatheas are able to build a substantial crown in 8 months.

@roman
Hi Roman,

i have described it here:
http://www.growingontheedge.net/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8920

and here a winter pic and roughly the same situation in summer:
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@ Stan
Please help, what is meant by z 12 look? Hope something friendly? :)

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dypsis wrote:
@ Stan
Please help, what is meant by z 12 look? Hope something friendly? :)


It's part of my job here to provide Anglo/Euro translations from the original American.

Stan means that Cyatheas create the impression of a landscape in a USDA zone 12 climate: fully tropical.

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... so simple! Thank you David!
Now i can sleep much better. :)

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