The Q&A Archives: How To Take Care Of Australian Tree Fern

Question: I recently was given a Australian Tree Fern, I live in a mobile home with a water cooler, and summers are VERY warm, It's about 3ft in growth now. I just need to really know how to care for it.Thanks so much

Answer: Cyathea cooperi is the Australian Tree Fern. It's generally planted outdoors because it can eventually reach 20' high and 12' wide. However, you can keep it indoors for a few seasons - until it outgrows it's spot. Australian tree ferns begin as fern-looking plants. The fronds develop at the crown of the plant; as the older fronds die off, new fronds develop. The center of the plant becomes trunk like, hence the name "tree fern". Australian tree ferns like bright light but shade from hot afternoon sunshine. Water your plant when the potting soil begins to dry out and be sure to water thoroughly so the entire root mass gets wet when you apply water. There's nothing worse than pockets of dry soil for a containerized plant! You can place your tree fern outdoors in a shady spot during the spring and summer months, then bring it back indoors for the autumn and winter. Other than regular watering, your tree fern doesn't really require any care. Enjoy!

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