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Get the jungle look: Diarmuid Gavin shares advice on how to add an exotic touch to your garden with tree ferns

Vividly verdant and gorgeously dramatic, lush tree ferns add a touch of the exotic to an ordinary garden

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'In the right conditions, tree ferns grow fairly fast and mine are sprouting fronds like feathery ostrich plumes'

'In the right conditions, tree ferns grow fairly fast and mine are sprouting fronds like feathery ostrich plumes'

'In the right conditions, tree ferns grow fairly fast and mine are sprouting fronds like feathery ostrich plumes'

The tree ferns (Dicksonia antarctica) in my garden have just exploded with their 2020 coat... plumes of wonderful new fronds. These dramatic evergreen ferns are amongst my favourite plants and are native to southeast Australia.

Their crowns can grow to 12ft across when the plant is happy and their trunks can grow up to 15ft or more after many years. The trunk is all root so it's common in their native Victoria to cut them down, remove the fronds, put them in a refrigerated container, send them halfway round the world, pot them up and let them start a new life.

Given the right time and location, they will regain their former majesty. When the base of the trunk comes into contact with moist compost, it stimulates it to produce new roots.