Plant Care Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

4.6 out of 5 (73 experiences)

Asparagus Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Asparagus Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Common Asparagus Fern, Asparagus Grass, Lace Fern, Climbing Asparagus, Ferny Asparagus and Plumosa Fern


Asparagus setaceus

How to care for Asparagus Fern


How often to water your Asparagus Fern

Water needs for Asparagus Fern
0.5 cups
every 9

Asparagus Fern needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Asparagus Fern

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Asparagus Fern in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Asparagus Fern: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Asparagus Fern may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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How to fertilize Asparagus Fern

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Asparagus Fern: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Asparagus Fern after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Asparagus Fern is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Asparagus Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 38
Asparagus Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 35
Asparagus Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 18
Asparagus Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 16
Asparagus Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Asparagus Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Carsonnn avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 105 XP

I adore the look and its so easy to take care of!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Frut avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,292 XP
globe New York

It’s so fun

Amg avatar
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 7,580 XP
globe Phoenix, AZ

Medium indirect light
Don’t let soil dry out completely or tips begin to brown
Humidifier helps prevent browning

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Noneofyrbeesmax avatar
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 6,383 XP

Loves to climb things!! Really fun to weave into decor

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Mom123 avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 376 XP
globe Salisbury, MD

This guys a beauty inside and out. Likes to be wet.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Eliz avatar
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 708 XP
globe London, England

This is the 3rd fern of the household.. we just can’t keep up with this one’s picky needs ..

Browns easily Browns easily
Isabella avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 410 XP
globe Rocklin, CA

He browns so bad

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 194 XP
globe Brentwood, England

Seems like it is growing really fast with little maintenance. One long tendril is reaching across half of my office trying to get to the sun!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Markous avatar
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 434 XP
globe Klang, Selangor

Very easy to care for. It doesn't require long hours of light, preferably west side window. Watering is pretty straightforward as well. As long as the soul is moist and not dry, Harry will be happy.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Brennanarnold avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 1,159 XP
globe Hartland, MI

this plant was tricky at first, but once i repotted and did more research, it’s growth took off. simple once you understand the basics

Fast grower Fast grower
Haley avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 66 XP
globe Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

good for people with a brown thumb

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kizwiz avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 206 XP
globe Bristol, England

Love the leaves!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Hayleywren avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 187 XP
globe Guildford, England

When healthy has fluffy green leaves but if left in direct sunlight for too long they’ll crisp up and look like it’s dead:( thankfully easy fix with water and plant food, true survivor & puts out new leaves when happy and watered!:))

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Gillysplants avatar
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 1,570 XP
globe Beaverton, OR

a no problem plant, always looking great and growing and very easy to take care of. whenever my other plants are lacking nutrients this plant is always still looking fantastic

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Mleppyboy avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA

Very cute as a baby plant, but I’m sure he won’t be this tiny for long, but just as cute🌿

Survivor Survivor
Lana avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 344 XP

For a 5-6 in plant, I left it unwatered for about 2-3 weeks and it looked like I wouldn’t be able to revive it, but it took a few months for it to look like nothing happened!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Marrakech avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 1,573 XP
globe Seattle, WA

It’s so soft and a light plant that doesn’t make a space too heavy.

Fast grower Fast grower
Kingcanna avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 555 XP
globe Medicine Hat, Alberta

Very easy plant to keep! Water once a week and Mist every 3 days. I love the appearance! It Looks like it should be in a miniature forest! Even though it’s really soft and nice to touch, you SHOULD NOT touch it often. It will eventually get mad and turn yellow/brown over time. But it is also easy to revive if that happens! Tough little guys!

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
15shobbs avatar
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 909 XP
globe Indianapolis, IN

Not actually a fern! But grows little shoots that can be easily propagated. Very soft

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 45 Plants
xp 3,255 XP
globe Thousand Oaks, CA

requires a lot of water

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower

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