UK nursery announces increased fern sales

Blechnum brasiliense ‘Volcano’ – photo: Menno Schutte, SRT Ferns/Vitro Plus

Blechnum brasiliense ‘Volcano’ – photo: Menno Schutte, SRT Ferns/Vitro Plus

“Fern sales have seen a surge at UK based Wyevale Nurseries as it announces a 44% year on year increase to the end of March 2017”, reports Matthew Appleby in trade magazine Horticulture Week. Wyevale Nurseries concludes that fern plants are on trend in the garden centre retail, amenity landscape and domestic landscape markets. Wyevale sales and marketing director Adam Dunnett suggests that ferns are very popular not just because of their colour but also for their texture and the fact that they can be a standalone plant in a pot for any patio. The nursery’s Top Five varieties are at the moment Polystichum polyblepharum, Dryopteris erythrosora, Asplenium scolopendrium, Cyrtomium fortune and Polystichum setiferum ‘Herrenhausen’.
Stunning architectural plant
‘Volcano’ – photo: Menno Schutte, SRT Ferns/Vitro Plus

‘Volcano’ – photo: Menno Schutte, SRT Ferns/Vitro Plus

Adam Dunnett also refers to Blechnum brasiliense ‘Volcano’, a new variety at Wyevale Nurseries, which is he describes as a stunning architectural plant. ‘Volcano’ is selected by Neil Alcock from Seiont Nurseries (UK).
Plantsman Graham Rice from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in the UK noted two years ago that Blechnum brasiliense ‘Volcano’ is a more colourful and less tender version of an established Award of Garden Merit species from South America. “In spring, the young fronds unfurl in bright coppery pinkish red, a more striking colour than the form usually grown, and each frond is divided into pairs of toothed leaflets and may reach 75cm in length. As the leaves mature to rich green the plants form a striking shuttlecock shape and as the years pass, plants develop a short trunk up to about 30cm or more in height.”
‘Volcano’ survived winter temperatures of -5º C
Rice also describes how ‘Volcano’ was selected from a batch of plants which was left outside for two years in North Wales and has survived winter temperatures of -5º C “This extra hardiness, combined with its colourful new growth marked it out. It’s best grown outdoors as a summer container plant, and then moved into a frost free place for the winter – just to be sure.”
Neil Alcock mentions Santa Rosa Tropicals (SRT) Ferns – Premium Fern Liners as propagator and distributer throughout Europe and the US. SRT Ferns was acquired at the end of 2014 by Dutch based Vitro Plus.