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Australian Fern

Posted by Amyta z8 mid GA (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 2, 05 at 13:12

What about this in Middle Ga? I want to plant one in a sheltered location with a deck above it. Would it survive our winters with heavy mulching? Maybe some kind of clear plastic covering simulating a greenhouse? Suggestions anyone?

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RE: Australian Fern

It is hardy in shade in Atlanta.


RE: Australian Fern

It depends on which Australian fern you are referring to.
Dryopteris x australis is a wood fern and will survive in Ga.
Cyathera cooperi is an Australian tree fern and is rated zone 9 and above.
Nephrolepis obliterata is an Australian sword fern and is commonly grown as a house plant. It is rated zone 9-10.
There may be others by this name. That is why it is important to use botanical names.
Try looking up images and see which one you have.

RE: Australian Fern

  • Posted by Amyta z8 mid GA (My Page) on
    Wed, Oct 5, 05 at 16:59

I realize now that I didn't put the correct name. Thanks. I have an Australian Tree Fern. I know that it's zone 9 but just wondered if I could rig it somehow to survive outside planted in the ground and given special treatment.

RE: Australian Fern

Australian Tree Fern is hardy in downtown Atlanta in my neighbourhood. It does best here in shade and in a low lying area for protection.


RE: Australian Fern

I have a Sphaeropteris Cooperi (Alsophila A.) tree fern. Will it be OK in moist shade in Stone Mountain, or should I keep it in a pot and move inside in winter? I bought it inexpensively at Home Depot recently.

RE: Australian Fern

  • Posted by amyta z8 mid GA (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 31, 08 at 14:30

I made the original post back in '05. I planted the fern in a sheltered location as described in that post. It has survived two winters and looks great every summer. The top dies back during winter and comes back in summer. One winter I made a covering of plastic hoping it would stay green all year but that made no difference. I tried one many years ago in a pot inside but it just isn't moist enough in most homes and I just couldn't keep misting it enough. I'm very satisfied with mine in the ground.

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