Top Questions About Asparagus Ferns

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Anonymous on
August 16, 2011

Q. Asparagus Plumosus

I cannot find information as to exactly how to cultivate the seed. I have planted 8 seeds in a pot. Put the usual plastic cover on. It is three weeks since I did this. One seed has germinated a little wispy thing, looking like a piece of grass. Now what do I do next? If you could put me on the right track, it would be greatly appeciated.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 17, 2011
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Anonymous on
October 18, 2011

Q. Asparagus Fern

Since bringing in my asparagus fern from the east porch, it is dropping a large amount of yellow leaves. What’s the problem?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 19, 2011
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This is normally indicative of stress realted to its new environment. Generally, this fixes itself over time but you may need additional light or humidity to fix it. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ferns-houseplants/growing-ferns-indoors.htm

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Asked by
Lindab on
February 9, 2014

Q. Shoots dying off

I have an indoor small foxtail asparagus fern….purchased last August. Why do the new shoots grow 12-16 inches (the plant is only 8-10 inches tall) and then they turn brown and die? What am I doing wrong? New shoots continue to grow but die. I use a water meter for watering…add water when on the dry side.

Answered by
Heather on
February 11, 2014
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This typically happens when the plant is not getting enough light. If you can, move it to a brighter location, but remember that the light needs to be filtered. If this is not possible, try to get supplemental light, like a florescent light, near it.

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Anonymous on
May 7, 2014

Q. My Asparagus Fern is Horribly Root Bound

My 3 yr old asparagus fern is horribly root bound with large egg-like (oval and abt. 3/4″) things all over. Do I cut them out? Can I transplant it after cutting/loosening the roots and put it into a bigger pot?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 30, -0001
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Yes, if it's root bound to the point that its roots cannot breathe, you definitely need to transplant the fern to another larger pot. You should also root prune the plant. These articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/foliage/asparagus-fern/asparagus-fern-care.htm, https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/prune-roots.htm As for the egg-like things, if these are orange to brown protrusions along the underside of the plant fronds, they are likely only spores and perfectly normal. On the other hand, nearly flat brown oval spots can indicate scale bugs and white or clear-looking sacs on the plant are indeed eggs left behind from a pest. After repotting your fern, treat the plant with neem oil, which should take care of any insect pest that may be affecting your plant but will not affect the spores (if this is actually what you are seeing). Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/pests/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 22, 2014

Q. Asparagus Cutting Back

This is the second year I have had my asparagus bed. I started it from plants. It did not get cold enough here in South Ga. to kill the plants back or did they ever turn completely brown or yellow, so I was afraid to cut them back. They are now heavy with green foliage and have seeds. Some have balls on them instead of seeds and others have seeds. When should I cut them back, as several are falling over and breaking loose at the bottom?

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Nikki on
November 30, -0001
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Asked by
acossette on
April 30, 2015

Q. Third picture… What is this weed/herb/flower?

This one grows wild around here too. Is it one that is beneficial?

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shelley on
April 30, 2015
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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 31, 2015

Q. wasps nest

I have a wasps nest in one of my asparagus ferns. It is a pretty big fern and I do not want to kill it, just want some advice on how to get rid of the wasp.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 30, 2015
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