Asparagus Setaceus 'Asparagus Fern'

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The Asparagus fern is one of those indoor plants that makes us salivate with desire. Originating in Africa it’s lace-like fronds offer great texture. And because it has such a delicate structure it gives the appearance of taking up very little space in a room. This houseplant would be a great contrast to a Sanseveria or our Alocasia Zebrina or look wonderful placed in the bathroom.

As an evergreen it grows steadily throughout the year and if allowed will reach up to 60 cm in height. A. setaceus is also hardy and fairly resistant to pests making it an easy care indoor plant.

When caring for any fern keep in mind they do not enjoy direct afternoon sunlight. The Asparagus Fern likes to have a consistently damp well-draining soil. It will not appreciate being drowned, though.

We like to pick our plants up when testing if they are thirsty. If the pot feels extremely light then feel free to give it a nice watering. Alternatively you can touch the top part of the soil with the pads of your fingers. Cool and damp — good. Warm and dry — give it a little drink. 

Because the A. Setaceus likes to maintain a consistently damp soil, whenever the top layer is dry, a small 2-3 second watering will do the trick every couple of days.  If you forget, that’s also not a problem, as this indoor plant is one of the more forgiving houseplants. 

As far as location feel free to place an A. Setaceus in the kitchen so it can enjoy the humidity that comes from cooking or every now and again spray it to remove any dust particles and keep that photosynthesis going. Giving it a soft tousle by running your fingers through the lace-like fronds is also great at removing dust.

Bonus: That softness and delicate structure always sends shivers running down our backs. If you want to go that extra mile or don’t have space in the kitchen or bathroom set a shallow dish filled with water nearby to help increase the humidity. However, the Asparagus fern can adapt and flourish without this: it’s one of the easiest indoor plants. 

And of course: don’t forget to fertilize. This is what helps keep our houseplants growing.  They need that NPK! Fertilize at least once a month in the spring and summer, two if you remember, and back off to half the amount or none at all in winter. 

We really enjoy the video by Summer Rayne Oaks about this delicate, hardy plant.

Size: Approximately 20-25cm tall in a 12 cm nursery pot

Care tips: bright, indirect light, maintaining a damp soil, fertilizing regularly in the growing season

 

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