Asparagus Fern – Asparagus setaceus
An extremely graceful plant with fine feathery foliage which arches from the top of slender, erect. 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.
Where to: 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. As new fronds appear, resume .
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 thebegin to drop their tiny leaflets : This is due to over- 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 floraland 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 sun.
New plants may be raised fromsown in a temperature of around 20°C (70°F) in the spring, but it will be much simpler to by division of in the spring.