Asparagus Fern Care Guide
Caring for Your New Asparagus Fern!
The Asparagus Fern is easily recognizable by its soft and fluffy-looking fronds, though the plant is actually spikey, not soft (so keep a pair of gloves handy if the fern causes irritation!). Its lush appearance and densely populated stems give it an enchanting look that welcomes all guests with an amazing sight. Caring for an Asparagus Fern is fairly easy, so new plant parents should rejoice!
Asparagus Ferns like to be moist, but not saturated or dry. It does not do well with drought! Water when the top inch is dry, which you can figure out by using a moisture meter or poking your finger into the dirt up to your first knuckle. This means you will end up watering at least weekly during the spring and summer, but cut back slightly during the fall/winter.
Light and humidity
Ferns looooooove high humidity and to be kept in moist – not soggy – soil. Don’t let it dry out between waterings or it will start crisping at the edges! Misting your plant every day or two will help with maintaining higher humidity levels. They also like bright, indirect light, though they are able to adapt to lower light. Too much light will burn their delicate fronds.
Soil and fertilizer
Keep the Asparagus Fern in clean, well-draining soil. Since they prefer to be slightly moist, it is imperative that the soil drains well, otherwise it can lead to root rot. Make sure to empty the drainage tray of the pot, too, so it is not left standing in water. Fertilize monthly with a regular houseplant fertilizer diluted with water – they do not like too much power!
Cleaning and pruning
Clean the leaves of your Asparagus Fern by gently misting it with water. Pruning encourages new growth, and is something you should be doing regularly anyway for maintenance. Simply use clean, sharp scissors to cut the stems at the soil line.
Ferns can be propagated from cuttings placed directly into soil, making them simple to grow. For an added boost, you can dip the edge of the stems into a growth hormone before potting.
Asparagus Ferns don’t need to be repotted frequently, so look to increase their space only every 18-24 months. Try to repot during the spring or summer, during the growing season. You can tell it needs to be repotted when water start running straight through it when you water – this means that it is rootbound and there is very little dirt left!
Gently extract the plant from its current container and then put it in one 1-3” larger in diameter. Add more dirt, and you are set!
Remember: Asparagus Ferns need additional humidity, so you may even wish to add a tray with pebbles and water underneath it to keep it happy. Don’t forget – these plants are TOXIC to pets and people!
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