On offer here is a small sized Soft Treefern Raft that is ideal for orchids and other epiphytic plants. These are much like the popular Treefern Pots, but allow you to put the plant directly onto the raft so that it can sink its roots straight in.
Photos show samples of the treefern raft, as well as some of our plants growing happily on them already. Whilst this is something relatively new in our nursery, the Sarcochilus seem to really love them!
A small Treefern Raft typically measures around 3″ tall and 4″ diameter (7.5cm x 10cm).
Welcome to Soft Brown “Dicksonia” Tree fern – in our opinion, the most versatile and water efficient, long lasting mount there is! Unlike Cork, Cyathea (Black Treefern) and Hardwood mounts, Dicksonia allows the roots to really penetrate the treefern pot, and gives the host plant the opportunity to decide whether to burrow its roots deeply into the treefern (for moisture and protection from hot Summer wind and sun), or to run along the surface of the mount to gather dew and humidity, or even to serve simply as host for the plant to send aerial roots from – many plants do this regardless of their host.
Dicksonia, by comparison with most of the other “firm” planters will retain more moisture, which means that it doesn’t have the same watering requirements (ie. daily hosing down of cork and Cyathea in Summer), which makes it more water friendly. Unfortunately, Dicksonia attracted a bad name a number of years ago, because some sellers would make planters from the top section near the fronds which is actually toxic to the plants mounted on it. We do not cut our rafts from the top section, and growers who use the true “base” material find that it performs as well as (if not better than) any other orchid raft. Sourced from the best quality legally harvested Tasmanian Dicksonia available, this product rates second to none for quality as a raft.