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Damaged And Wilting Tree Ferns.

July 5th, 2016 · No Comments

Quite a few people are concerned about their tree ferns, with fronds that have lost colour and become blackened, or are curled and brown.Because of the particularly cold winter we’ve just had, it is likely that these ferns have been ice and frost damaged,and if the plants have not been able to dry out sufficiently, they may have been attacked by a fungus.Scrape out the mushy areas – but not too vigorously as you need to protect new and tender growth – and then try sprinkling the plant lightly with sulphur powder,which you can get from a chemist or a garden centre.It will take about three weeks to see if the fern has recovered.Flies can also be attracted by the fungus.As a winter protection, we generally recommend a fleece rather than a material like straw, which can sometimes create unfavourably humid conditions.If you use a fleece,you can remove it on mild winter days, to allow the plant to dry out a bit.Even now we are getting late frosts,so it might be an idea to invest in some fleecing, to protect the plant at night.

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