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Tree Ferns

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So I am on a tree fern kick at the moment. I need to find Cyathea robusta and other cultivars. I have already found C brownii, Brentwood, medullaris, and atrox. If you know of a good source in CA, please let me know.

Thanks in advance,

Joe

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Joe, I don't know much about tree ferns, but I know that Hunter's Nursery in Lemon Grove/Spring Valley has a shade house with a bunch of them. I seem to remember recognizing C. brentwood and C. medularis but I've never heard of the others. Give 'em a call contact info

They're the oldest business in Lemon Grove. Mr. & Mrs. Hunter still own and run it so they're just a small family business but sometimes they have some neat stuff. I was blown away to see a 24" boxed Delonix regia one day. :drool:

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Joe Tree ferns are great and you are off to a good start with those ones ( have them all except Atrox ) Robusta from Lord Howe Island may be hard to source over there maybe up in the SFO area might be the go .

Cyathea medullaris is the fastest thing in my garden went from a 8 inch seedling to a foot of c trunk and huge 6' fronds in 18 months ! :drool: they like lots of mulch , nutricote , and this is important water with liquid kelp solution every other week and foliar spray with kelp !

Lookforward to seeing a thread when you get them all in Joe .

happy growing

Troy

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Joe, I have most of the species you mentioned except Robusta and Atrox planted at the resort. Don't forget to plant Cibotiums (Hawaiin tree fern) and Blechnum Brasiliense ( Dwarf Brazilian tree fern). I have dozens planted at the resort and their awesome with the Brasiliense throwing flushes of red fronds right now. You can order these in San Diego through Walter Anderson nursery. They also have Atrox. There may be other sources as well. Good luck and take some pics.

Stevo

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Pictures please!

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Joe I saw some at a nursery awhile back at Sea Breeze Nursery or Sea View nursery, just north of San Clemente. I didn't look to see what types they had.

And a few months ago I saw a mail order nursery (I think it was in Cali) they had a sale 6 different tree ferns for $165.00, maybe you saw it. Sorry can't remember the name of the mail order place.

My tree ferns really like fish fertilizer. I also have a mini sprinkler on top of my big one so every time I water it also gets the crown and trunk watered really well.

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Thanks, everyone... I think I found a source in San Francisco for C robusta.

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I know them well. I did not think they had a lot of varieties.

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Hey Steve,

Well, the hunt for C robusta continues. I will have picture up soon. They are all in pots right now. Waiting a little longer to get them on the ground.

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Finally got some time to post pics of my little fern collection:

L to R: C. cooperi, C. Brownii, C. Revolvens

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L to R: Blechnum brasiliense, C. glauca

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C. medullaris

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Close up of B brasiliense

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I have other types of ferns, but no pictures at the moment. Still looking for C robusta

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Great stuff Joe

Cyathea medullaris is extremely fast grower for me down here and is fastest in full sun . Plenty of humus rotted down mulch and liquid kelp every week will make a huge difference . You cant overwater Cyathea medullaris ,cooperi and brownii i sometimes let the hose trickle on my c medullaris for an hour !

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