Asparagus Fern finds its way into hanging baskets and mixed annual containers for the summer because of its easy going, tolerant nature. The lush, full foliage fills any container with solid green color. This fern looks beautiful in hanging baskets or mixed containers because it goes well with any color of foliage or any color flower. Luckily, Asparagus Fern can also handle full sun to full shade, and indoors it just needs some light from a windowsill. Asparagus Fern is happiest with bright, indirect light, and needs some light unlike other ferns.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 12″ – 18″
Mature Width: 10″ – 16″
Classification: Green Foliage
Sunlight: Bright, indirect light to Full sun (if outdoors)
Habit: Upright to arching, full
Flower Color: Small white flowers outdoors only
Foliage: Green, needle like
Soil Condition: Likes to dry out occasionally
Water Require: Does not like to dry out much between watering
Uses: Excellent individually or in a container or hanging basket, inside or out
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Asparagus Fern is a fluffy, full fern that keeps bright green colored foliage. Even though the foliage is thin and needle like, Asparagus Fern adds a very dense, arching look to planters and mixed containers. Planted solely in hanging baskets, these plants can hold their own. Indoors, these ferns prefer bright, direct light from a windowsill with consistently moist soil. Asparagus Ferns are an excellent choice as a background foliage plant or as part of a centerpiece, as they don’t get as large as other houseplants.
Light Requirement of Asparagus Ferns:
Indoors, Asparagus Fern needs bright, indirect light from a windowsill. Northern or eastern facing windows would keep your plant happy. Outside, Asparagus Fern can handle anywhere from full shade to full sun. Plants in full sun will require more moisture than plants in the shade.
Watering Asparagus Ferns:
Asparagus Fern likes to stay moist. It does not like to stay or sit in water or get too dry. This plant will tolerate some drought, but may lose some of its needles.
Fertilizing Asparagus Fern:
Any all purpose, foliage fertilizer will work for Asparagus Fern. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment.
Best Growing Soil for Asparagus Fern:
Asparagus Fern needs a very well draining soil, and prefers to have moist conditions. Plants can not stay constantly wet, but do not like to go completely dry either. It’s best to use a regular potting mix or a potting mix based in peat moss, which retains moisture. We recommend Espoma Organic Potting Mix.
Nomenclature of Asparagus Fern:
Surprisingly, Asparagus Fern is not a fern at all. Rather, it belongs to the edible Asparagus family, although the berries on this plant are toxic. The small white flowers that appear if the plant is kept outdoors are fragrant, and nearly cover the entire plant in blooms. This Plant is originally from the Cape Good Hope area of South Africa, and serves as an attractive, full ground cover. The plant produces large tan tubers below ground as it grows; split these into sections when transplanting to propagate.
Asparagus aethiopicus ‘Sprengeri’ is so named for the Greek word for the edible Asparagus (as the foliage is similar), aethiopicus is Latin for Ethiopian, and Italian botanist Carl Sprenger who did much work early on with the new introductions in Europe.