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Is there any way to shorten an Australian Tree Fern?

Posted by jfriesne 91101 (My Page) on
Sat, Dec 4, 10 at 13:50

Hi all,

One of the Australian tree ferns at my building has been deemed "too tall" (it's about 20 feet, straight up from the ground).

Is there any way to make it shorter, besides removing it and replacing it with a younger one?

In particular, if we have someone chop off the upper 15 feet of it, will we end up with a healthy 5 foot fern, or a dead one?


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dead one

Maybe the opposite will work.
Remove a section near the top and apply rooting hormone to it. Then plant it. Can't say for sure.

Maybe find a landscaper who will trade for a shorter one.

RE: Is there any way to shorten an Australian Tree Fern?

A cut Cyathea cooperi is a dead Australian Tree Fern, they don't reroot or resprout. Some of the Dicksonia species can be rerooted from dug up trunks, but even these are a bit tricky for the average gardener.

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