3 Facts About Fern Spores

In order to reproduce, the type of plants known as ferns produce fern spores. These spores are the only way in which ferns reproduce and they are often difficult to capture and cultivate. If you have a fern in your garden, then you will need to watch out for fern spores, as they can be spread far from the original plant.

1. Fern Reproduction

These are often exact copies of the parent fern's DNA, and rather than reproducing by dividing, as is common for almost all plants and mammals, ferns actually reproduce asexually. This means that ferns have no eggs, pollen, or seeds, and that their only method of reproduction is through these tiny fern spores.

2. Where do Fern Spores Come from?

The fern has a tiny object at the base of the fronds, known as a sporangia. This creates and releases the spores. These spores are very, very tiny, almost microscopic, so that when they are released by the sporangia, they catch any wind that blows past, and then are carried away from the parent plant. This reduces the competition for food and water near the larger plant.

3. What Happens to Fern Spores

Once the ferns land back on the ground, they try and find some moisture, and then start growing, just like a seedling.