preparing for BC winter

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  1. James S.

    James S. Member

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    Vancouver in the West End
    I have a Tazmanian Tree Fern. I had heard that I may need to wrap it for the winter. My question is - is this necessary and suggestions for wrapping it?

    Thanks for any assistance.
  2. Douglas Justice

    Douglas Justice Well-Known Member UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society 10 Years

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    Vancouver, Canada
    The garden staff at VanDusen Botanical Garden have extensive experience overwintering Dicksonia antarctica (Tasmanian tree fern).

    The procedure involves cutting back the fronds and surrounding the stem with a wire-mesh cage, filled with leaves. The cage is tall enough to overtop the crown, which is similarly protected/insulated. The whole cage is then draped and wrapped with a polyethylene sheet to exclude moisture.

    The area at VanDusen that houses the tree ferns is very sheltered (lots of tall, established conifers) and the ground heavily mulched.

    I would recommend speaking with the gardener in charge of this area (the Fern Dell in the Sino-Himalayan Garden) (604 257 8627).

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