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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Asparagus Fern Care

Common Name: Asparagus Fern
Scientific Name: Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri'
Lighting: Bright Light
Watering: Moderate

The Asparagus Fern is characterized by bushy, delicate lacy like foliage that looks very similar to asparagus, thus the name. It has trailing / climbing like stems radiating from the center. The Asparagus Fern is actually not a fern at all. It is an asparagus, therefore unlike other ferns; the Asparagus Fern prefers bright light and occasional dryness. This fern will look its best when used in a cascading appearance or hanging basket.

The Asparagus Fern prefers bright light however will tolerate lower light levels. Keep in mind that in lower light environments, this fern will not grow as well so new growth will be limited. Aim to keep near a window providing bright light, but it can be filtered light.

The Asparagus Fern prefers low to moderate water levels. If your fern begins to drop needles, it may not be receiving enough water. Yellowing of the foliage can signal under watering as well. Aim to keep the soil semi moist allowing to somewhat dry in-between watering, but not completely. Keep in mind, that even after you have corrected the watering schedule, the yellowing foliage will not turn green again, so you may prune those fronds out.

This fern is also poisonous if eaten, so please use caution around children and pets.

This house plant can be split however you may need an axe. The root ball of this house plant can be a woody ball, therefore tough to break. You will need to trim / prune this plant in order to keep it under control and looking its best.

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Anonymous nathan said...

a question about my fern. i left it outside for the winter because it hasn't been cold at all. but we had a cold snap a couple of weeks ago and now it's all yellowed, and by visual accounts, looks like a goner. if i prune it all the way back will it revive itself or do i have to count my loss? it's incredibly huge...about four feet in diameter.

1:32 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Cut back all the damaged foliage. Then keep caring for the fern just as if it was healthy. Be sure to give it some houseplant food as well.

Then cross your fingers, pray and hope.

Keep us posted,

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Kim B said...

We have a large asparagus fern in our office we were wondering if we could split it to put into two or more pots. How would we gop about doing this with out killing the plant?

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7:22 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Yes, you can split Asparagus Ferns, however as mentioned above, depending on the size, you literally may need an axe. Split the woody root ball in half and replant.


10:19 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

When trimming back an asparagus fern do you cut it at the soil line or leave a few inches of growth or what?

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to put an Areca Palm in the center of a large pot (about 36" across). Can I plant Asparagus Ferns around the palm without harming the palm?

1:46 AM  
Blogger graham said...

my fern's centre stem keeps growing so high the growth speed is really fast what do i do next

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asparagus ferns are extremely hardy and if planted outdoors where birds can eat the berries can be spread very quickly in bushland. Here they can grow dense clumps the size of an average car or greater and crowd out native vegetation. As native animals can't eat it, they either die or move on due to loss of habitat.

10:54 PM  
Blogger ann said...

I take a serrated knife it cuts great I trim it and put it back in the same pot & add new potting soil it does not like to go dry

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can I do for an asparagus fern splinter? My hand is swollen and I have seen 3 doctors without relief (including antibiotics and soaks)

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

asparagus fern splinter

Have you tried putting elmers glue on finger, letting it dry, then peel off? this works with regular splinters--great for kids.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have an asparagus fern that I just brought in from outside (Oct) since bringing it in just a week or so ago it is turning yellow but it is not dry. Not soggy wet but moist. I trimmed off the yellow stems as suggested. Any reason why they are turning yellow? Could it be not enough light? This is the first time I have tried bringing them inside. Thanks Tonya (Indiana)

3:40 PM  
Anonymous naturalist said...

An asparagus fern is not an asparagus or a fern, it belongs to the Liliaceae (lily) family!

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My asparagus fern was doing well for a year but now each stem shrivels and falls off within days of sprouting from the base. I keep it in my greenhouse so it gets light and I water when it dries.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

My asparagus fern is growing these wild tendrils that are extremely long. I don't remember it ever doing this before. Some of them are 3 feet or more long. Should these be trimmed to allow more power to the plant, itself, or should I leave them as they are? They are growing into my other plants. It's out of control!

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just inherited a good sized asparagus fern from a western sunshine spot. I can't duplicate the sun. Turning yellow in center. Help!

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the naturalist, here's the family genus species of this plant:
Asparagus densiflorus (Kunth) Jessop

Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Common name: Asparagus fern, emerald fern, basket asparagus

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Asperagus fern has a white powder on the stems and leaves. What can
I do to get rid on this.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine died and came back to life several times. Whew! It's so pretty...

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Under watering. Will not turn green again. Prune out yellow.

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please answer Kathy's question. My indoor fern also has very long vines that curl up toward the ceiling and I just circle them around the plant again and again. It is in a small 6 inch pot and is already 4 foot tall without stretching the tendrils out! It is very green and healthy looking and I just trim off any yellowing parts as they occur. Is this usual?

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same thing has happened to mine. I keep cutting them back and then it sprouts another one lower down. I've noticed that when the tendrils are growing no fern leaves are coming out!!!
What should I do with them?

1:03 PM  
Blogger ascendy said...

So dont need to cut the dead stem ? I put mine indoor with shade light from glass roof. They were turning yellow and brown and the foliages were falling.will they grow back again ?

12:48 AM  
Blogger ascendy said...

This also happens to mine! Help!

12:49 AM  

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