An asparagus fern is commonly found in houses and garden centers due to its cheap cost and easy maintenance. It looks beautiful in the usual flower pots and hanging baskets. Although it resembles a fern, it is actually a part of the family of lilies. It can serve as a cover on the ground in warm climates. When you care for these ferns properly, they would thrive beautifully.
Caring For An Indoor Or Outdoor Asparagus Fern
Our indoor asparagus plant should be placed under indirect sunlight. We can put this on an enclosed porch or in a patio that is partially shaded. It can also be placed beside a windowsill that is away from the sun’s rays. The fern should be kept in a room temperature that is normal but not in an area below 55 °F.
Asparagus likes bright areas however it will become dry under direct sunlight. Its foliage will also get burned and discolored. In places with hot climates, we can put the asparagus plants on soil that is well drained under partial sun. Remember that when we plant our fern outdoors, we should take care of it as it shall grow over our other plants. It should be placed in light shade when the weather becomes warm. During chilly summer nights, it should be brought indoors.
Caring Tips During Hot And Cold Seasons
During warm weather, the soil must be watered adequately but not to the point that it becomes soggy. In between watering, the soil can be allowed to dry. The number of times we water the plant shall depend on the environment’s humidity and hotness. If our ferns are in pots, we must add water until it comes out of the drainage holes. During winter, watering must be minimized unless our fern dries and becomes brittle and discolored.
Fertilizers For Our Asparagus Fern
We must spray our fern with a granular or water-soluble fertilizer for plants. This must be done every week during summer and every couple of weeks during winter. There are also slow-release fertilizer stakes ideal for asparagus plants in pots which should be stuck on an area of our pot. This type of fertilizer lasts not less than thirty days.
We should see if our asparagus plant is attacked by insects that fly or crawl around it. If we see insects there, the plant should be sprayed with an insecticide ideal for houseplants. These insects include dark-colored and small mites and pale and tiny aphids. If we wish to know what kind of insects attacks our plants, we can contact our local greenhouse and tell them the kind of insect we find. They would then be able to identify the insect and tell us how to kill it.
Having an Attractive Asparagus Plant
Using pruning shears to pinch back the stems’ tips, we can make our asparagus plant have a bushy appearance. If the fern becomes unsightly and sprawling and we wish to make it more attractive again, we can also prune the fern down to the potting soil’s level.
These are the tips on how to care for our asparagus fern for it to grow healthily and beautifully.