Asparagus setaceus

Asparagus Fern

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A very elegant indoor plant with a fine lacy look, that can make an impact either in a plant stand or a hanging pot. When grouped with other plants, its intricate foliage will contrast with larger leafed plants.

Origin: South Africa
Genus: Asparagus
Species / Cultivar: setaceus
Common Name: Asparagus Fern

Plant Biography

The Asparagus setaceus originates in Southern Africa and is not a true fern, though it resembles one. Lacy bright green foliage cascades over the pot’s edges and the plant will quickly fill the pot.

In the wild, the Asparagus fern grows as a climber, with the vines reaching sometimes up to 4 m in length. In cultivation, the plant grows really fast and dense, making it an ideal plant for plant parents what want to test their skills.

Asparagus setaceus
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Temperature: 12 - 25°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Humidity: High
Provide moist air via daily misting or trays of wet grit. Keep away from drafts and heaters.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.

Plant factoid

Even though it originates 7500 miles away, the asparagus fern has become an invasive species in Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands shortly after introduction, due to its hardy nature.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Asparagus setaceus lives happily in a pot for very long time without the need to be repotted. When severely pot bound, repot in a pot larger by 1-2 cm or divide into 2 -3 clumps and propagate.

In summer, the Asparagus Fern will bear small white flowers, but they will not become the focus of attention.

Water only when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch. The plant is more resilient to neglect than one might think, therefore it’s always better to underwater rather than overwater. Mist with plain water every other day in summer to keep a lush green foliage.

Feed in spring and summer with a balanced organic fertiliser, according to the instructions on the label.

Expert Tip

The Asparagus fern makes a great hanging plant with its delicate arching fronds. If kept as a table top plant, make sure to provide it with plenty of space to be able to enjoy its wonderful display of delicate foliage.


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