- Fern species are a class of plant that does not flower or seed. It reproduces by spores, however is a vascular species that has a system of tissues which conduct nutrients and water, similar to seed plants.
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Fern species are a class of plant that does not flower or seed. It reproduces by spores, however, is a vascular species that has a system of tissues which conduct nutrients and water, similar to seed plants. The leaves begin as a fiddlehead, actually resembling the top of a violin which unfolds and spreads into a wide, complex frond. Ferns grow relatively quickly, can reach two or three feet in a season. Dividing the plant can encourage vigorous reproduction and growth.
Ferns are a very diverse plant, with species growing in most regions including cool mountains, to dry, desert areas. Ferns are photosynthetic plants, meaning they get their energy to grow from the sun. The root system takes up nutrition and water to feed the fern and encourage spore development to produce new ferns. These plants have a tendency to spread and make entire colonies, making this an ideal plant for shady borders and under trees. In warmer climates, the fern will grow and spread year-round. Most species require plenty of shade, this plant will make a lush, green garden. Some perennial ferns that are indigenous to the Northern Hemisphere, are popular in gardening.
The Boston Fern is another that is raised in horticulture for it's cut fronds to use in flower arrangements. Another popular domesticated species is the Bird's, Nest Fern. These are all species that are commonly found as houseplants, for cutting, and in gardening. In a home garden, ferns make a beautiful landscape. Particularly species that thrive in cool areas, having ferns under trees can effectively hide soil, and pair well with pine trees, palms, and shrubs. They are fast growing and will spread on their own, with the right conditions little attention is needed to maintain them. They make great border plants for beds, paths, and landscaping. Ferns can offer a woodsy, upscale or native jungle like appeal to any garden, large or small. These perennial beauties offer another dimension to your garden.