Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus)

Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus)

$10.00 inc. GST

Pot Measurement : 11.5cm(Ø) x 9cm(H)

Asparagus setaceus, commonly known as common asparagus fern, lace fern, climbing asparagus, or ferny asparagus, is a climbing plant in the genus Asparagus.

  • Despite its common name, the plant is not a true fern, but has leaves that resemble one.
    Asparagus setaceus is a scrambling perennial herb with tough green stems, which may reach several metres in length.
  • The leaves are actually leaf-like cladodes up to 7 mm long by 0.1 mm in diameter, which arise in clumps of up to 15 from the stem, making a fine, soft green fern-like foliage.
  • Occurring from spring to autumn, the small greenish-white bell-shaped flowers are 0.4 cm long, and are followed by small green berries, which blacken with maturity.

Light and Temperature

The asparagus fern thrives in dappled shade, although it can be acclimated to more light. Avoid direct, bright sunlight and try to maintain a warm temperature (around 70 F) and not dip below 55 F for too long. If you have a shady porch outside, or a greenhouse, the indoor plants will likely respond with abundant growth over the summer.

Soil

Asparagus ferns should be planted in loose, well-draining soil.

Water

Keeping an asparagus fern hydrated takes a little effort. This plant thrives on humidity. Indoor growing conditions can often be dry, especially due to winter heat. Mist the plant daily, focusing on the arching stems. If the plant appears to be turning brown and droopy, it likely needs more water. While the asparagus fern can dry out to the point of appearing dead, it likely isn’t. Warmer, humid air and daily misting will help revive it.

Repotting

Like many ferns, this variety doesn’t mind being slightly pot-bound and can go up to two years before repotting. For the most successful repotting, divide the plant into big clumps, and be sure to take multiple underground roots when dividing. Place the divided plants into similar sized pots to retain the tight growth habit. Asparagus ferns do not need large pots, as they are slow indoor spreaders. 

Propagation

When this plant is content in its location, it can produce small flowers and berries. These berries can be planted and will propagate the plant. In warm, humid climates, this fern can spread rapidly when planted outdoors. In Florida and Hawaii, asparagus fern has been declared a weed because of its invasive nature.

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