Australian Tree Fern - Knowledgebase Question

Millen, GA
Question by thernandezm
July 3, 2005
I just recently purchased an Australian Tree Fern and would like to keep it in my tropical sunroom. The room has windows all the way across the front and receives a lot of sunlight, but no direct sun. I have other palms, spaths, calla lillies, elephant ears, rubber trees with Boston ferns too. Is this possible to keep the tree fern in this room?

Answer from NGA
July 3, 2005


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 shaded 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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