A Wispy Wonder From Down Under
A shower a day will keep the lacy foliage of the Australian Tree Fern looking its best. But, be careful not to overwater its roots. Its trunk is made up of rootlets – and this is the part of the plant that really enjoys a daily hose down. New growth emerges in a large brown curl that unfurls to form the frond.
The Australian Tree Fern is a slow grower, but it does need lots of space. It can grow up to 15 ft. tall, and spread up to 8 ft. wide. Make sure the roomy area you chose has shade or dappled shade, and just a bit of morning sunshine. Wear gloves and long sleeves when handling this Fern, as the underside of its leaves has small hairs that may irritate skin. Also, avoid planting by a swimming pool, as these same hairs might irritate swimmers if they drop in the water.