Fernwood brand New Zealand tree fern is available as a loose substrate as well as panels for directly mounting orchids and use in lining vivarium backgrounds.
Tree fern from New Zealand is unique in that it is soft, porous and spongy, and long lasting with excellent water holding capability. Best of all, because the team behind Fernwood NZ is committed to sustainable harvesting, New Zealand tree fern is not subject to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) protection.
New Zealand leads the world when it comes to protecting its natural resources and we are proud to offer Fernwood products knowing that New Zealand tree ferns will be around for future generations to enjoy. When you buy a Fernwood Product you know it has been created with both you and the environment in mind.
Choose the loose substrate as a potting media for orchids. They thrive on the ability of the spongy fibers to hold moisture while at the same time keeping the roots well aerated. The loose substrate is also an excellent component in vivarium bedding. Its smell and texture encourages natural burrowing, it absorbs waste and diminishes odors while pulling double duty as a perfect growing media for live plants. Tree fern loose substrate is available in 10 liter (9.1 US quart) and 40 liter (36.3 US quart) bags.
Tree Fern Panels (also referred to as Tree Fern Orchid Boards, Tree Fern Plaques, Tree Fern Slabs, Tree Fern Mounts, and Xaxim Orchid Mounts) have been used for many years and are well regarded as the ideal mount for orchids, air plants, ferns and more. New Zealand tree fern panels are softer and more moisture retentive than those originating from South American or Asian Tree Fern. In fact, an NZ tree fern panel placed in standing water will actually begin to wick that moisture into the panel. You will find the NZ panels
Have a very natural color and when wetted will turn to a darker chocolate brown.
Offer excellent drainage and aeration and can be used in high humidity glass houses without deterioration.
Are soft enough to easily push wires through the fiber, allowing the panels to be used as hanging mounts. The wire holds fast because of the strong fibrous nature of the product.
Tree fern in panel form comes in two varieties – thinner panels for use in lining vivariums and thicker versions designed for mounting orchids.
Regular vivarium panel: 12 x 6 x 0.6 inch
Large vivarium panel: 18 x 6 x 0.6 inch
Regular orchid board: 12 x 6 x 1.0 inch
Large orchid board: 12 x 12 x 1.0 inch
Fernwood’s harvesting process ensures minimal environmental impact. Plants are harvested selectively based on maturity and the density of the local plant population. Watch the video to see the process in action.
To learn more about New Zealand tree fern, visit Fernwood NZ’s website.