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 Tree ferns after 40 years 
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Post Tree ferns after 40 years
Hi, I'm Eduard Ogg, born in Wellington New Zealand, but unfortunately we went back to The Netherlands when I was 3 months old. All my life I heard how beautiful that country is. At my 40st year, I decided to travel for one month to go around the country to explore. My girlfriend wanted to see everything, so more work than enjoy! Nord and south, a little too much! This was in November1996, but what struck me immediately were those wonderful tree ferns, some 20 m high, great! +-100 km under Nelson I met an old man with a fern nursery. Also quite passionate in his craft, he found my interest so fine that he searched there a number of young plants. It was 3 xD. fibrosa 1 x D.squarrosa 1 x C. medullaris 1 x polystichhum vestitum, as a gift. All these ferns fitted in a video V.H.S. box, and did come home well.
At the end of Oktober1999 we went back to New Zealand, now to do it right and relax until the first of Januari 2000. So enough time te see it al, even Stewart Island. We travelled almost all roads of N.Z and saw all the national parks. This time I collected all spores from the most treeferns I found.

Here A picture from 1999 where the fernman just sold his nursery, could tell him that the ponga’s were still well grown!
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Here is one of the few photos I have of the young tree ferns, Mai 2000, here in the middle a visit of my aunt who once came to watch from GB to the small ponga's here! left behind you see the C.medullaris , right the D. squarrosa and also the D.fibrosa on the right side,
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Growth in two years, treeferns 2002.

D. fibrosa,
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D.squarrosa,
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C. medullaris, [ Mamaku - Black Tree Fern]
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Here the D.squarrosa in 2007, The trunk is accidentally dried in the winter, the roots are dead to the root ball, and go upstairs to grow over the growing point there!,
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Drag to the winter greenhouse, for the last time [to high]November 2009, [C.medullaris]
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Because he was too large I packed him in a tent with heater and thermostat, 2010,
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The leaf frozen off!,
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Real winter, temp. +2ºC. In tent, outside -14ºC.
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The first spring rolls,
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June 2011 I decided him to plant on the spot in the ground ,whith insulation plates for the protection of the roots,
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All finished,
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August 2011,
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Oktober 2011,
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Eduard.

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Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:56 pm
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And why I think C.medullaris is the greatest FERN of them all. A great effort is rewarded Edward. And I understand..as a matter of fact I think you're tickled by the idea of it reaching many meters in the future and what sort of protection will be involved!..I KNOW exotic plant people..


Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:16 pm
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ok, that's amazing, and quite inspirational.

C medullaris is indeed the best fern of them all and worth the effort... mine have gone from 30cm fronds on arrival to ENORMOUS in just 3 years... and trunks forming.... amazing plant.

Clearly, the tent and heating is the way forward.

Thanks for your post!


Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:35 pm
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eduard wrote:
I met an old man with a fern nursery...
This is poetry! What a wonderfully told account - and the archival photos too are very special, on more than one level. Quite a backstory there! Are these all scanned from transparencies...or are the images from 2009 onwards digital? Whatever, they all have a filmic quality about them - I'm transfixed by the whole series! Mark Longley, a Christchurch forum member and a fellow photo and fern connoisseur, is going to love these...


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Speechless. Paltry are my posts compared to this.

I'll say this - you have inspired me.

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Welcome to the forum Eduard and thank you for posting such a beautiful story.

I love the images which as Steve says have a certain warm and rustic quality about them, particularly the early set, absolutely gorgeous. I'm not sure what your climate is like in Maastricht but -14degc is as you well know well into death territory for medullaris and yet you found a protection method which works AND is relatively practical. I don't know of anyone who has ever inserted polystyrene panels into the soil for insulation, perhaps I'm wrong but that's new to me and clearly very effective.

I noticed you also have some very happy Cyathea tomentosissima in tubs there which presumably you keep in the conservatory in winter.

Really inspirational post, thanks.

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What a great story Edward

The Cyathea medullaris is absolutely gorgeous and its hard to believe how well it grew in that large tub with it's massive root system .

All your hard work has certainly paid off well done .


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What a amazing story, Eduard!
I have also a great passion for tree fern, all kinds of! You grow the right TF for your location.
The poster-like old photos and their successive ones form a vivid life line for these beauties.
You inspires all of us, not only the photos, but also the efforts you put.
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Hi Eduard,

Many thanks for taking the time out to post those pictures of your tree fern story I hope the planted fern has many years of growth to come.
I suppose you will have to get higher and higher with your protection each year you are going to need a bigger pair of steps!!
How does the Cyathea look this year have you had good growth from it again?


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Goed gedaan Eduard dat was leuk leesvoer, bedankt

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This is the kind of post that makes running this website rewarding. A detailed, knowledgeable, colourful, illustrated, heartfelt international horticulture story. Brilliant.

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This has just cheered me up on a thoroughly miserable, cold and wet day! Thanks for posting. Brilliant!

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Very cool-I kept wondering why it wasn't in the ground.

Great idea using styro to keep the cold ground temps out......


I will do this,if I ever try a Bizzy. :mrgreen:


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Thank you all for the lovely comments. later I will answer the questions.
Gr. Ed.

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I just had another look at this topic the medullaris has got me hooked ! :shock:

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