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

Taxonomy

Asparagus setaceus
Asparagus
Asparagaceae
Asparagales

How to care for Asparagus Fern

💦 Water

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
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

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.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Asparagus Fern in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ 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!

Benefits of Growing Asparagus Fern →

Common Asparagus Fern Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Asparagus Fern prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Asparagus Fern Water Frequency →

Asparagus Fern Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Asparagus Fern may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Asparagus Fern Light Requirements →

Asparagus Fern Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Asparagus Fern is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Asparagus Fern doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Asparagus Fern Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Asparagus Fern does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Asparagus Fern →


💩 Fertilizer

Asparagus Fern should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Asparagus Fern is native to Europe and Western Asia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Asparagus Fern bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Asparagus Fern Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Asparagus Fern is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Asparagus Fern →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Asparagus Fern can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Asparagus Fern Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Asparagus Fern can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Asparagus Fern, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

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
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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03/25/2022

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 30 Plants
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globe New York
01/29/2022

It’s so fun

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globe Phoenix, AZ
01/25/2022

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
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leaf-1 67 Plants
xp 8,565 XP
01/21/2022

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Mom123 avatar
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leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 376 XP
globe Salisbury, MD
10/13/2021

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
@Eliz
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 708 XP
globe London, England
08/14/2021

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

Browns easily Browns easily
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@Isabella
leaf-1 10 Plants
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globe Rocklin, CA
07/31/2021

He browns so bad

Browns easily Browns easily
@Dunn00 avatar
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leaf-1 0 Plants
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globe Brentwood, England
06/23/2021

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
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globe Klang, Selangor
06/08/2021

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
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globe Hartland, MI
06/07/2021

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
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@Haley
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globe Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
05/27/2021

good for people with a brown thumb

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Bristol, England
05/25/2021

Love the leaves!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@hayleywren avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Guildford, England
05/16/2021

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
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leaf-1 25 Plants
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globe Beaverton, OR
05/16/2021

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
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globe Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA
05/16/2021

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
@Lana
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 658 XP
05/14/2021

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
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leaf-1 19 Plants
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globe Seattle, WA
05/13/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Medicine Hat, Alberta
05/10/2021

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
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globe Indianapolis, IN
05/01/2021

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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globe Thousand Oaks, CA
04/29/2021

requires a lot of water

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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