- New York Fern-Thelypteris noveboracensis Hardy Planting Zones- 4-8 Sun or Shade – Partial Shade to Full Sun Mature Height - 12-24" Mature Width- 18-24" Bloom Season – Gardener Status- Beginner SHARE:
Thelypteris noveboracensis, New York Fern
If you are going to grow them in a fern garden, make sure that they are comparable to other wild ferns in your area.
The New York Fern is a beautiful plant that will grow in clumps and is distinguished by the shape of its blades. They taper at both the end and base very sharply. They are quick growers, but no worries as they are relatively easy to control and maintain. This fern is found mostly in wetland areas and forests. This fern is also very common and will often grow in large groups of itself. An excellent way to tell the New York Fern is that the leaves at the base will be smaller than the ones at the top of the blade. It belongs to the family Thelypteridaceae. It will grow to be anywhere from one to two feet tall. It has a random growth pattern but will look amazing no matter how it grows. Like most other ferns, this one will propagate by spores rather than blooms or seeds. If it gets a lot of suns, be sure to do some extra watering to give it the moisture it will need. This fern will do well both indoors and outdoors. If you decide to have this indoors, it will most likely need regular misting as the humidity levels are often too low for this fern. When you first plant this fern, be sure to water well and add some mulch to help it out. Shredded leaves are a great addition to the soil. Add mulch will also go a long way in this plant's growth and development. Even cutting back old and dead looking fronds in the spring months will help to promote new growth of this fern. Some gardeners like to divide this fern after it has reached a right size. To do this, just cut the fern straight in half with a sharp blade. Follow the planting instructions given earlier in this article and the fern will do just fine wherever you decide to place it. This fern will be a great addition to any garden or landscape. It may appear as though it is fragile and delicate, but it far from it. The hardiness of this fern is quite remarkable and will endure many conditions that most plants find unsuitable. If cared for properly, this fern can withstand much sunlight, shaded areas as well as a variety of weather conditions.
New York Fern is one of the more smaller ferns.
The leaves on the fronds taper on both the end and tip. It would be best suited in a pot or used as ground cover. If they are potted, they are usually given as gifts. Planting is the best option and the time to do this is near spring time. Planting in winter makes it cold and wet. If you are going to plant a fast-growing fern, or move it somewhere, cut the fronds back by half. This way you can reduce the stress of water loss.
It can even do well in mild winters as well as hot summers. It is indeed nature at its best. When planted and given time to grow and mature, this fern can spread and multiply through spores and the rhizomes in its root system. They will begin to form their little colony and look magnificent this way. They are also one of the most tolerant of sun and drought ferns you can buy. This fern will even look gorgeous planted with bright and colorful perennials. These bright colors such as white or pink will look so amazing against the greens of the New York Fern. Make sure to pair with other flowers and plants that can also tolerate partially shaded areas of your garden. It will do wonders for those areas as many plants and flowers need lots of suns to grow.
Another great thing you can do it plant many in one area and watch them form their colony of green splendor. This plant is also sturdy enough to be planted around mature trees, and also it will not interfere with the other plants and flowers you pair it. It makes for an optimal choice for your landscape. It grows easy, and many forget to keep it watered, and this will cause the leaves to droop and even brown; If it happens, water immediately and keeps it misted until it revives. Also, this fern enjoys soil conditions that are full of humus nutrients and also has acidic components to it. Know what your pH is, and if it does not meet the needed acidic level, you can add many different things to solve this problem. Many gardeners make their compost add to the soil. Another fern that is similar to this one is called the Ostrich Fern. The New York Fern is listed as an endangered species of plant in the state of Illinois.
Additionally, this fern can overtake sure seedlings if the pH levels of the soil drop below four. You can test your soil’s pH as often as you like to check it. To ensure enough room for growth, plant these ferns about one foot apart from everything else. This fern is perfect for acting as a ground cover or as a shrub, depending on your preference. It will spread and blanket the area in the most beautiful fashion. It will add much-needed color to areas where it may be harder to grow most flowers and other plants.