Top tips: How to care for Asparagus Fern

Asparagus setaceus plumosus is an elegant fern with long wiry stems and lovely frond-like sprays that scramble outwards horizontally. It is bushy initially, developing long, twining stems of bright green, feathery fronds. Tiny green-white bell shaped flowers may appear in late summer which develop into small, purple berries. Although Asparagus setaceus looks soft and frilly, it does develop thorns to watch for when handling.

Asparagus setaceus plumosus is also known as Lace Fern, Common Asparagus Fern or Climbing Asparagus. Although it is called a fern, it is really a member of the lily family. It is fast growing and easy to care for and can reach a height of 2.5m unless pruned.

Asparagus setaceus Care & Info Guide

Light: Bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight may scorch the needles, whereas insufficient light may turn them yellow and cause them to drop.

Water: Keep well-watered, but do not allow to stand in water. Less water is required during the winter but don’t let the soil dry out completely.

Temperature: Normal warm household temperatures. Needs a minimum of 13°C in winter.

Humidity: Mist to improve humidity when grown indoors.

Feed: Feed with a weak solution during the growing season. View Plant Nutrition

Care Tips: Due to their vigorous growth habit, Asparagus setaceus may become pot bound. If required, re-pot and trim during springtime to maintain desired size and shape.

Toxicity: The berries are inedible. May cause skin irritation.

Origin: Southern Africa.

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