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    Just ordered one of these tree ferns. I'm hoping to keep it in a pot for the summer and over-winter it in my conservatory where I can control temperature. We live in southern England and our garden is exposed to wind.

    As I've read more about this plant I'm beginning to see conflicting information. Some say 'don't feed tree ferns, let them just do their thing', others say feed spring/summer to encourage frond growth. Some say shade it and keep out of wind, others say plant it and protect from frosts.

    Any tree fern experts out there (are you still there Newt?) who can give me some definitive advice. I lost two tree ferns a couple of years ago (both d. antarctica the most hardy as well) so I don't want to make the same mistake(s) again!