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

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