I bought a dicksonia antarctica (soft tree fern) off eBay* a few days ago with the intention of bunging it into the ground inside my makeshift fernery (a bit of dirt covered by shadecloth, home to all my precious and light-sensitive babies!)
Unfortunately the ‘bit of dirt’ is about 2" of topsoil, with rock-hard clay underneath. :eek: Some digging has been attempted, so I’ve filled the hole with water and added copious amounts of gypsum, but I’m not confident that it will make much difference…
So thinking now, I might instead plant the fern in a pot. But it’s a big bugger…100cm circumference. How big a pot would I need to ensure it’s survival?
*Alas, I now believe it’s a dodgy seller. Normally ferns are sold with a ‘certificate’ authenticating that the seller has a license to harvest them from the forests…this one came in a plastic bag, and ‘off the back of a truck’ I reckon! :smack: