Plant Care Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern

4.5 out of 5 (62 experiences)

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

Also known as

common asparagus fern, asparagus grass, lace fern, climbing asparagus, or 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 located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Asparagus Fern in Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Growing Asparagus Fern in Indianapolis right now

Light needs for plant Asparagus Fern in Indianapolis, Indiana

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 1st, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Indianapolis is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Asparagus Fern in Indianapolis, Indiana

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 28.8% ☀️

November 30th, 2021

Indianapolis is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Indianapolis is expected to decrease by 28.8% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.8 megajoules of energy p…

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Light needs for plant Asparagus Fern in Indianapolis, Indiana

Daylight will decrease by 1.1 hours 📉

November 30th, 2021

This month, Indianapolis is getting an average of 8.1 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 10.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Indianapolis, Indiana ⛅.


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.

When to repot Asparagus Fern

Nutrient needs for plant Asparagus Fern in Indianapolis, Indiana

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 30th, 2021

The growing potential in Indianapolis is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's bes…

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Difficulty Level

Asparagus Fern is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

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 your location in Indianapolis, Indiana, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Asparagus Fern has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 31
Asparagus Fern has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 30
Asparagus Fern has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 15
Asparagus Fern has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 13
Asparagus Fern has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 5
Asparagus Fern has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Asparagus Fern has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Mom123 avatar
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 368 XP
globe Salisbury, Maryland

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Eliz avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 497 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
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leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 350 XP
globe Rocklin, California

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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Fast grower Fast grower
Markous avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 377 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
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leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 711 XP
globe Hartland, Michigan

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
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 185 XP
globe Bristol, England

Love the leaves!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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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
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leaf-1 31 Plants
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globe Aloha, Oregon

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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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 60 XP
globe Spotsylvania Courthouse, Virginia

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

Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Lana avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 136 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
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leaf-1 19 Plants
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globe Seattle, Washington

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

Fast grower Fast grower
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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
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leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 909 XP
globe Indianapolis, Indiana

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, California

requires a lot of water

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 680 XP

This is my absolute favorite plant. It is an extreme survivor. It grows extremely fast. The leaves are adorable and it is a beautiful addition to any home. My fern got spider mites and ended up destroying its foliage. So I read online to cut down the plant to the trunk. I did, and that was over a year ago. It came back even fuller and more lush. This is an incredible plant that will stick around for years to come.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Chw avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 333 XP

Doesn’t love direct sun

Survivor Survivor
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globe Bay City, Michigan

He lost a limb today due to yellowing but he’s a pretty color. Drops needles like crazy.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Martin avatar
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globe New York

I selfishly have this one in my office on a windowsill that doesn’t get any direct sunlight. It’s surviving just fine, very tolerant of low light.

I love it’s thin leaves, very peaceful looking plant 🌀

Survivor Survivor

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