Saturday, 19 March 2011

Dicksonia antarctica trouble




Does anyone know what on earth's up with my Dicksonia antarctica? It's oozing this brownish/orangeish jelly like stuff, at first in perfectly round balls the size of a small pea and now also in streaks of the stuff. It was lovingly wrapped up for winter in fleece with straw and last year's fronds protecting the crown. I uncovered it about three weeks ago (I live in Kent) and there was no sign of it then. There are no nasty grubs in the jelly, by the way.

Any advice gratefully received.

12 comments:

Janet said...

I have tree ferns which I unwrapped this week. (we live a bit further north!). I have never seen a jelly like that. I believe the new fronds go soggy if they have been attacked by frost. Have you tried the RHS site for information?
If tree ferns have died you can plant another one in the top. See Beechgrove Garden fact sheet or on BBC iplayer.

Catherine said...

Hi Janet. I've tried the RHS and it's stumped them too. No-one seems to have ever seen anything like this on a Dicksonia before. It's still producing the jelly and I'm really not sure yet whether I've lost it or not.

Thanks for the Beechgrove Garden tip. I'll try them next.

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