Tree Fern Fiber: A Natural and Sustainable Substrate for Your Tropical Houseplants.

Tree fern fiber, also known as Cyathea cooperi or Dicksonia antarctica, is a natural, organic substrate that is becoming increasingly popular among plant enthusiasts. It is harvested from the trunks of tree ferns and is commonly used as a growing medium for tropical houseplants.

New Zealand Tree Fern Fiber

One of the main benefits of tree fern fiber is that it is incredibly porous. This means that it can hold a large amount of water without becoming waterlogged, which is a common problem with other substrates like peat moss or coconut coir. The porous structure also allows for good air circulation, which is essential for healthy root growth.

Another benefit of tree fern fiber is that it is a renewable resource. The tree ferns that are harvested for their fiber are not cut down or destroyed in the process, but rather have their trunks shaved of the fiber. This means that the tree ferns can continue to grow and thrive, providing a sustainable source of fiber.

Tree fern fiber also has a high cation exchange capacity (CEC), which means that it is able to hold onto nutrients and release them slowly over time. This can help to ensure that your plants are getting the nutrients they need to grow and thrive, without the risk of over-fertilizing and nutrient burn.

In addition to its many benefits for plants, tree fern fiber is also easy to work with. It can be used as a standalone substrate or mixed with other materials like perlite or vermiculite to create a custom blend. It also has a neutral pH, which means it won’t affect the pH of your soil mix.

When using tree fern fiber as a substrate for your tropical houseplants, it is important to keep in mind the specific needs of your plants. While tree fern fiber is generally a good choice for most tropical houseplants, some may require additional amendments or adjustments to the substrate. For example, plants that prefer a more acidic environment may benefit from the addition of sphagnum moss or pine bark to the mix.

Overall, tree fern fiber is a great choice for anyone looking for a natural, sustainable substrate for their tropical houseplants. Its high porosity, cation exchange capacity, and neutral pH make it an ideal choice for a wide range of plants, while its renewable nature makes it an eco-friendly choice for conscientious plant enthusiasts.

10L New Zealand Tree Fern Fiber


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Return Policy

Last Updated July 2, 2022

Thank you for your purchase. We hope you are happy with your products! However, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may be able to return it to us for a full refund or store credit. Please see below for more information on our return and exchange policy.


Plants: Plants are eligible for a full refund or exchange with returned within seven (7) days of the purchase date. All returned plants must be in their original nursery pots with tags intact and proof of purchase. Plants may be exchanged for another plant of equal or lesser value. We are not responsible for the death or damage of plants that have been removed from their original pots after purchase. 

Non-plant goods: Any non-plant goods (pottery, macrame, plant care products, etc.) can be returned in new, unused condition for a full refund or exchanged for another item of equal or lesser value within fourteen (14) days of purchase. Packaging may be opened, but the product must be unused and returned with all of its original, undamaged packaging. 

Return Process

To return an item, contact us by email at

For Plant returns/exchanges:

  • Title email “Return/exchange [your order #]”
  • please provide a detailed description of why you wish to return or exchange the plant, including any damage/pests/etc. 
  • Include a picture of the plant in its original pot.

For non-plant returns/exchanges:

  • Title email “Return/exchange [your order #]”
  • A brief description of why you wish to return the item
  • A photo of the unused item in its original packaging

All return requests will be responded to within 1-2 business days. If the return is appropriate, a pickup date and time will be arranged free of charge.


After we receive your returned item and inspect its condition, we will process your refund or exchange. Refunds will be sent to your original method of payment. Refunds might take 1-2 billing cycles to post to your credit card statement, depending on your bank. We will notify you by email when your return has been processed.


Plants that have been removed from their original nursery pots are not eligible for return or exchange.

Non-plant items that have been used or damaged (including any packaging) are not eligible for return or exchange.

All sales are final on discounted items, and they cannot be returned or exchanged.


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