Amazing Hart’s Tongue Fern Plants In Your Garden
Noted for the straight, pure line of its fronds and its tropical appearance, Hart’s Tongue fern plants is an evergreen fern forming a pretty rosette of arching, strap-shaped, bright green fronds. These plants are remarkably attractive with long glossy untoothed evergreen fronds. Leaves are 20 to 40 centimeters in length and strap-like with an almost tropical appearance. The plants can be found in Michigan and parts of New York on north- or east-facing slopes with plenty of rock cover, and at the edges of mossy tree zones. These plants are often accompanied in the environment by bryophytes, other ferns, mosses and sugar maple trees. The leaves stay evergreen all year and plants can develop up to 100 leaves per root zone, although 10 to 40 is more common. The fern grows in shaded, cool areas with protection from environmental influences. Primarily found in northern forests, the plant requires moisture and is often found clinging to cracks in white limestone and other rocky regions. It is epipetric and needs just a few inches of rich humus in which to grow.
Hart’s tongue fern plants grow from spores that start out asexual in the first year and give rise to the next generation, which has sex organs and is called a gametophyte. The plants are slow growing and the process is difficult to mimic in culture. Mature plants will produce swollen bases which can be removed and held in a bag of moist peat until they form rootlets.