Grow a Sculptural Fern
Damp, dark gardens in mild areas are ideal for this dramatic plant.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Tree ferns are unusual because, rather than their roots, it's their leafy crowns that need to be kept moist. However, you should water them at the base as well when first planting them, because it helps settle the soil and hold the trunk upright.
Top Tip: Overwintering
The crowns of tree ferns need protection from wet and cold during winter. Make a chicken wire frame around the plant and pack it loosely with straw. Then cover with a waterproof hat made from plastic sheeting and tie it on securely. This will insulate the plant and keep it dry, but still allow essential ventilation.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Garnish your food with tasty, shiny watercress leaves or make a yummy salad with watercress as the main attraction.