A. asparagoides, A. plumosus – Asparagus Fern

A. asparagoides, A. plumosus – Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern – Asparagus setaceus

An extremely graceful plant with fine feathery foliage which arches from the top of slender, erect stems. It combines superbly with other foliage plants and is undemanding.


Growing season 18 °C (64 °F)

Minimum winter 8-10 °C (46-50 °F)

Soil: A soil-less compost.

Where to position: Is not demanding of light but if too shaded will grow towards the light. Draughts if severe, will cause foliage to lose tiny leaflets.

Watering requirements: Keep soil well moistened during growing season. Feed with weak liquid fertilizer once monthly.

Feeding and fertilizer: This is not a troublesome plant but if it does become unsightly a cut back in the autumn will result in renewed growth from the bottom after the rest period.

Rest and care: In winter, reduce water drastically. Place in frost-free position. To re-start in spring, gradually increase watering. As new fronds appear, resume feeding.

When it looks sick:

Browning, dying fronds : Clip out the dying stems and place the plant in a more shaded situation.

The entire plant begins to brown and the leaves begin to drop their tiny leaflets : This is due to over-watering or waterlogging of the soil. Re-pot the plant carefully in fresh soil. The plant will be checked but is likely to recover.


7°C (45“F). South Africa.

A. asparagoides (A. medioloides) (Smilax) and A.setaceus (A. plumosus) (Asparagus Fern) make very effective potted plants, or plants for the wall of the heated conservatory, but are most frequently seen as cut foliage in floral arrangements and other designs created by the florist.

One of the most durable of potted ornamental asparagus, and the one most frequently seen, is A. densiflorus (A. sprengeri), which can either be grown as a trailing plant or encouraged to climb a plant frame. Choose a loam-based soil and a well-lit spot, shaded from direct asparagus-fern 2 sun.

asparagus-fern Feed every two weeks and give plenty of water in spring and summer. Keep just moist in winter.

New plants may be raised from seed sown in a temperature of around 20°C (70°F) in the spring, but it will be much simpler to propagate by division of roots in the spring.

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