Palms Ferns and Exotics

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If you’re dreaming of making every day a holiday then palms, ferns and exotic plants are a great way to recreate your favourite destinations in your own garden! Palms and ferns look similar due to their elegant, fan-like leaves. They can often be found in tropical gardens and love warm climates. Exotic plants are plants which are not native to Australia.

Ferns are one of the oldest plants in the world, they come in many varieties for different climates and conditions. Ferns stand out among other plants due to their lack of flowers and seeds and their whimsical leafy fronds. Palms are distinguished by their large, classic evergreen leaves also known as fronds. They are a great addition to your garden or home with their elegant and distinctive tropical aesthetic. The Clivia is a beautiful exotic flowering plant, the perfect addition to your tropical garden. Its orange trumpet-shaped flower will brighten your garden from late winter to early spring.

Ferns cannot tolerate dry conditions for long. Their beautiful fronds will quickly become brown, and drop off. Mist your ferns as often as possible, preferably in the morning. Contrary to what you might think, ferns do require dappled sunlight to thrive so be sure to place them in a position that still receives some sun while avoiding the hot midday sun.

One of the reasons palms are such a common houseplant is that they can easily adapt to low light conditions, most palms are tolerant to, or prefer the shade. Good drainage is essential, many palms grow best in sandy soil with perfect drainage. Be sure to select a variety of palm that suits the conditions in your garden or home, many palms cannot survive in colder temperatures.

Clivias are easy to grow but their placement is vital. Early morning sun or dappled shade is best with protection from midday and afternoon sun. Clivias placed in direct sun will get burnt on the first hot day of the summer. Clivias prefer well-drained soil and although quite a drought resistant, additional watering over spring and summer will help keep them thriving.