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Filicium decipiens
Also known as : Japanese fern tree
Ferntree is so-named because its ornately glossy leaves bear a marked resemblance to those of a fern. The Latin name, Filicium decipiens, translates to "deceptive fern." This small tree is a good size for gardens and grows in a dense rounded shape well-suited to containers and for growth as a specimen tree. This tree prefers sunny conditions and rich, moist soils.
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What is the best way to water my Ferntree?
Your Ferntree will not be too picky about how you choose to water it. As such, you can use just about any common watering tool to moisten this plant’s soil. Watering cans, hoses, and even cups will work just fine when it is time to water your Ferntree. Regardless of which watering tool you use, you should typically apply the water directly to the soil. In doing so, you should ensure that you moisten all soil areas equally to give all parts of the root system the water it needs. It can help to use filtered water, as tap water can contain particles that are harmful to plants. It is also beneficial to use water that is at or slightly above room temperature, as colder or hotter water can be somewhat shocking to the Ferntree. However, the Ferntree usually responds well to any kind of water you give it.
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What should I do if I water my Ferntree too much or too little?
For outdoor plants, especially newly planted plants or plant seedlings, they can be prone to lack of watering. Remember that you need to keep watering enough for a few months when the tree is small or just planted. This is because once the roots are established, Ferntree can rely on rain most of the time.
When your Ferntree is planted in pots, overwatering is often more likely to.When you accidentally overwater your Ferntree, you should be prepared to remedy the situation immediately. First, you should stop watering your plant right away to minimize the effect of your overwatering. After, you should consider removing your Ferntree from its pot to inspect its roots. If you find that none of the roots have developed root rot, it may be permissible to return your plant to its container. If you do discover signs of root rot, then you should trim away any roots that have been affected. You may also want to apply a fungicide to prevent further damage. Lastly, you should repot your Ferntree in soil that is well-draining. In the case of an underwatered Ferntree, simply water this plant more frequently.
Underwatering is often an easy fix. If you underwater, the plant's leaves will tend to droop and dry out and fall off, and the leaves will quickly return to fullness after sufficient watering. Please correct your watering frequency as soon as underwatering occurs.
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How often should I water my Ferntree?
Most plants that grow naturally outdoors can be allowed to grow normally with rainfall. If your area lacks rainfall, consider giving your plants adequate watering every 2 weeks during the spring and fall. More frequent watering is needed in summer. In winter, when growth becomes slower and plants need less water, water more sparingly. Throughout the winter, you may not give it additional watering at all. If your Ferntree is young or newly planted, then you should water more frequently to help it establish, and mature and grow up to have more adaptable and drought tolerant plants.
For potted plants, there are two main ways that you can determine how often to water your Ferntree. The first way is to set a predetermined watering schedule. If you choose this route, you should plan to water this plant about once every week or once every other week. However, this approach may not always work as it does not consider the unique conditions of the growing environment for your Ferntree .
Your watering frequency can also change depending on the season. For instance, a predetermined watering schedule will likely not suffice during summer when this plant's water needs are highest. An alternative route is to set your watering frequency based on soil moisture. Typically, it is best to wait until the first two to four inches of soil, usually ⅓ to ½ depth of the pots, have dried out entirely before you give more water.
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How much water does my Ferntree need?
When it comes time to water your Ferntree, you may be surprised to find that this plant does not always need a high volume of water. Instead, if only a few inches of soil have dried since your last watering, you can support healthy growth in the Ferntree by giving it about five to ten ounces of water every time you water. You can also decide your water volume based on soil moisture. As mentioned above, you should note how many inches of soil have dried out between waterings. A surefire way to make sure your Ferntree gets the moisture it needs is to supply enough water to moisten all the soil layers that became dry since the last time you watered. If more than half of the soil has become dry, you should consider giving more water than usual. In those cases, continue adding water until you see excess water draining from your pot’s drainage holes.
If your Ferntree is planted in an area that gets plenty of rain outdoors, it may not need additional watering. When the Ferntree is young or just getting established, make sure it gets 1-2 inches of rain per week. As it continues to grow and establish, it can survive entirely on rainwater and only when the weather is hot and there is no rainfall at all for 2-3 weeks, then consider giving your Ferntree a full watering to prevent them from suffering stress.
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How can I tell if i'm watering my Ferntree enough?
Overwatering is a far more common problem for the Ferntree, and there are several signs you should look for when this occurs. Generally, an overwatered Ferntree will have yellowing leaves and may even drop some leaves. Also, overwatering can cause the overall structure of your plant to shrivel and may also promote root rot. On the other hand, an underwatered Ferntree will also begin to wilt. It may also display leaves that are brown or brittle to the touch. Whether you see signs of overwatering or underwatering, you should be prepared to intervene and restore the health of your Ferntree.
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How can I water my Ferntree at different growth stages?
When the Ferntree is very young, such as when it is in a seedling stage, you will need to give it more water than you would if it were at a mature age. During the early stages of this plant’s life, it is important to keep the soil consistently moist to encourage root development. The same is true for any Ferntree that you have transplanted to a new growing location. Also, the Ferntree can develop showy flowers and fruits when you give them the correct care. If your Ferntree is in a flowering or fruiting phase, you will likely need to give a bit more water than you usually would to support these plant structures.
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How can I water my Ferntree through the seasons?
The seasonal changes will affect how often you water your Ferntree. Mainly, during the hottest summer months, you will likely need to increase how much you water this plant, especially if it grows in an area that receives ample sunlight. Strong summer sunlight can cause soil to dry out much faster than usual, meaning that you’ll need to water more frequently. By contrast, your Ferntree will need much less water during the winter, as it will not be in an active growing phase. During winter, you can get by with watering once every 2 to 3 weeks or sometimes not at all. For those growing this plant indoors, you should be somewhat wary of appliances such as air conditioners, which can cause your plant to dry out more quickly, which also calls for more frequent watering.
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What's the difference between watering my Ferntree indoors vs outdoors?
In some cases, your Ferntree may not need any supplemental watering when it grows outside and will survive on rainwater alone. However, if you live in an area of little to no rain, you should water this plant about every two weeks. If you belong to the group of people who live out of this plant's natural hardiness zone, you should grow it indoors. In an indoor setting, you should monitor your plant's soil as it can dry out more quickly when it is in a container or when it is exposed to HVAC units such as air conditioners. Those drying factors will lead you to water this plant a bit more often than if you grew it outdoors.
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6 m to 11 m
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4.5 m to 8 m
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
2.5 cm
Flower Color
White
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Ferntree originates from open environments, such as sunny meadows and forest edges, which provide ample light. It thrives in Full Sun but can also tolerate Partial Sun, adapting well to various sunlight conditions.
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Ideally, ferntree should be transplanted between late winter and early spring (S1-S2), when the plant is dormant. Transplanting during this period, also known as the plant's 'resting phase', minimizes shock, promotes root development and ensures healthier growth. Choose a location with well-drained soil and partial to full sunlight. Whenever necessary, remember to trim off excess leaves to reduce water loss post-transplant.
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The ferntree exudes a sense of tranquility and harmony ideal for Feng Shui applications. When planted facing East, it's said to enhance positivity because it is believed in Feng Shui that East represents growth and new beginnings. However, the interpretation of Feng Shui varies, and it's recommended to consider personal circumstances alongside these traditional beliefs.
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Filicium decipiens
Also known as: Japanese fern tree
Ferntree is so-named because its ornately glossy leaves bear a marked resemblance to those of a fern. The Latin name, Filicium decipiens, translates to "deceptive fern." This small tree is a good size for gardens and grows in a dense rounded shape well-suited to containers and for growth as a specimen tree. This tree prefers sunny conditions and rich, moist soils.
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Green
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Ferntree thrives in full sunlight but is sensitive to heat. As a plant commonly grown outdoors with abundant sunlight, it may exhibit subtle symptoms of light deficiency when placed in rooms with suboptimal lighting.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your Ferntree may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Ferntree enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To ensure optimal growth, gradually move plants to a sunnier location each week, until they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Use a south-facing window and keep curtains open during the day for maximum sunlight exposure and nutrient accumulation.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Ferntree thrives in full sun exposure but is sensitive to heat. Although sunburn symptoms occasionally occur, they are unable to withstand intense sunlight in high-temperature environments.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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How to Successfully Transplant Ferntree?
Ideally, ferntree should be transplanted between late winter and early spring (S1-S2), when the plant is dormant. Transplanting during this period, also known as the plant's 'resting phase', minimizes shock, promotes root development and ensures healthier growth. Choose a location with well-drained soil and partial to full sunlight. Whenever necessary, remember to trim off excess leaves to reduce water loss post-transplant.
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Ferntree?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Ferntree?
The perfect season for transplanting ferntree is between late fall and early spring (S1-S2). This period offers cooler temperatures and reduced plant stress. Transplanting ferntree during this time ensures better root development and bloom production. It's not just about relocating a plant, it's about giving ferntree the opportunity to thrive!
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Ferntree Plants?
For best results with ferntree, remember to space your plants about 15-20 feet (4.5-6 meters) apart. This gives them plenty of room to spread out and grow without fighting for resources.
What is the Best Soil Mix for Ferntree Transplanting?
Start your ferntree's transplant journey right by preparing a rich, well-drained soil. Mix a balanced fertilizer into it, say a 10-10-10, to give the plant a nutrient boost. It's the ideal start for ferntree.
Where Should You Relocate Your Ferntree?
Choosing the right spot is vital for ferntree. Look for a location that gets good sunlight, but not direct, hot sun all day. A lightly humid spot would be perfect, making morning or late afternoon sunlight ideal.
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Ferntree?
Trowel
Useful for digging up smaller plants and making planting holes.
Gardening Fork
It's needed to loosen the soil around the plant before removal.
Gardening Gloves
To protect your hands while working with the soil and ferntree.
Spade
This larger tool is necessary to dig the planting hole in the garden ground.
Gardening Hose with Sprayer
Use this to lightly water the soil and the plant both before and after the transplanting procedure.
Mulch
Helpful in retaining soil moisture after the plant transplanting is complete.
Plant Support Stakes
To provide the ferntree with external support if needed, especially in the initial days after transplanting.
Organic Matter/Compost
Added to the plant hole before transplanting to improve the nutrient content of the soil.
How Do You Remove Ferntree from the Soil?
From Ground: Firstly, you will need to water the soil around ferntree lightly. This will make the ground more pliable for digging. Using a fork, begin to loosen the soil around the plant, being careful not to damage the root system. Once loosened, you can use your trowel to excavate the plant from the ground gently with the aim to keep the root ball intact.
From Pot: Start by watering the plant well and waiting a few minutes for the ferntree to absorb what it needs. Gently tip the pot to the side and roll it a bit to loosen the soil and roots from the pot's interior. Avoid tugging or pulling at the plant as it can cause damage. If the plant is stuck, you can slide a knife's blunt end around the pot's interior to loosen it.
From Seedling Tray: When ferntree have sprouted their first true leaves and are big enough to handle, they are ready to be transplanted. Water the seedlings well before starting. Gently tease each seedling out with an appropriate tool or even a wooden popsicle stick, taking as much soil with it as possible to protect the roots.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Ferntree
Step1 Site Preparation
Prepare the new site by digging a hole that's twice the size of the root ball of ferntree. Enrich the hole by adding compost or organic matter and mix it well with the existing soil.
Step2 Placing the plant
Place ferntree in the plant hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the surrounding soil surface. This should ensure the crown isn't planted too deep or too shallow.
Step3 Backfilling
Backfill with the soil, firming it gently around the base of ferntree to make sure there aren't any air pockets, which can cause the roots to dry out.
Step4 Watering
Give a generous amount of water to the freshly planted ferntree to help settle the soil around the roots.
How Do You Care For Ferntree After Transplanting?
Supporting
If ferntree is a large plant or deemed unstable, provide additional support using stakes. Attach the plant to the stakes using soft ties, making sure not to strangle the stems.
Watering
Regular watering is crucial for the newly transplanted ferntree. Even if the plant is drought-tolerant, it will require regular water in the initial weeks as it establishes in the new location. However, do ensure that the plant is not over-watered, as this could lead to root rot.
Monitoring
Keep an eye out for signs of transplant shock, which can include wilting, yellowing leaves, leaf curl, or early leaf drop. If these signs appear, ensure ferntree is appropriately watered and consider adding a root stimulator to the soil to help the plant recover.
Pruning
If ferntree is a large or mature plant, pruning could be beneficial after transplanting. Removing a third of the plant’s top growth will lower the plant’s food demands and focus its energy on root establishment.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Ferntree Transplantation.
When is the best time to transplant ferntree?
The most suitable time to move ferntree is between S1 and S2, when it can better acclimate.
How much spacing is required between each ferntree while transplanting?
Each ferntree should have about 15-20 feet (4.5 - 6 meters) of space between them. This helps promote healthy growth.
What should I do if the roots of ferntree start to rot after transplanting?
Ferntree may react badly to overwatering. If root rot occurs, trim off the affected parts and reduce watering.
Should I prune my ferntree before transplanting it?
Yes, light pruning of ferntree before transplanting helps to reduce transplant shock and promotes new growth.
Why are the leaves of my transplanted ferntree turning yellow?
Yellowing leaves often indicate water stress. Adjust watering levels based on soil moisture and ensure good drainage.
What kind of soil does ferntree prefer when transplanting?
Ferntree prefers well-drained soil. It thrives in loam or sand that's slightly acidic to neutral.
Why is my transplanted ferntree wilting and looking sick?
Transplant shock or incorrect watering could cause this. Try reducing sunlight exposure and maintain soil moisture.
What's the best procedure to transplant my ferntree plant?
Dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball. Place ferntree and fill with soil. Water thoroughly.
Any specific care tips for ferntree after the transplant?
Keep soil moist but not soggy. Shield from harsh sun initially and apply balanced fertilizer after new growth appears.
Can ferntree be transplanted in a container?
Yes, ferntree can be transplanted in a container. Ensure it's large enough to accommodate growth and has good drainage.
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