Wisley July 2021

The new Events Hall in the Hilltop Centre at RHS Wisley played host to a show staged by the BPS and the Carnivorous Plant Society on 24th and 25th July. The venue was excellent and there was considerable interest shown by the public. Stands of hardy ferns were created by Julian Reed and Peter Clare, and by Jude Lawton. Pat Acock displayed a wide range of equisetums and Peter Blake displayed tender ferns for indoor culture. Stuart Worth had a display of unusual tender epiphytes and commercial stands were manned by Crawford Hardy Ferns, Maidenhead Aquatics and Fibrex. It is likely that this show will take place again next year on 23rd and 24th July 2022

Dicksonia antarctica

I went to see Jurgen Schedler of Crawford Hardy Ferns, Spetisbury and he showed me his attempts at resucitation of large Dicksonia antarctica plants

The idea is that new roots can grow from the crown down under the polythene down to the ground and provide more sustinence to the plant
Dicksonia antarctica plants start to show their unhapiness not by dying immediately but by creating a “cigar” shape as the trunk begins to narrow at the top
The plants can last a few years after this starts to occur but then they eventually die. The fronds will grow smaller every year
This is not because of cold but because of water deprivation
He leaves the plastic on for 18 months to 2 years