Asparagus Fern- Plant Bio: Podcast Ep#50

The name and and look is deceiving, but the Asparagus Fern never disappoints. With their incredibly fast growth, easy care, and fun texture, who wouldn't love it?!


All varieties are fluffy looking, with green stems, leaves that look like needles and small thrones. The thrones aren't that bad but just be careful handling then because you may get poked.

There are a few different varieties that all look a little different:

Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri': Can grow over 4ft wide and starts as an upright plant but usually becomes trailing with the weight of the stem.

Asparagus densiflorus 'Meyeri': Grows about 2ft tall and wide with upright, dense, conical shaped, foliage covered stems. These are commonly called Foxtail Fern because of the stem shape.

Asparagus plumosus (previously Asparagus setaceus): This variety has feather-like foliage that looks even softer than the other two. The overall growth shape is similar to the others but it is trained to climb. Because of that, it was hard to find a mature size, but it is safe to assume it can grow above 6ft if given the space.

Sun Requirements:

Bright, indirect light is best, but medium light is okay as well! Keep them out of any direct sunlight because it can cause the plant to yellow.

Water Requirement

This plant needs medium moisture. Underwatering will cause leaves to yellow and drop. It is best not to let this plant completely dry out.

Low to medium humidity is recommended. That being said, I don't add any extra humidity and mine are doing great!


As I always say, there are LOTS of ways to fertilize plants. Unless you are extremely over-fertilizing your plant, there isn't necessarily a wrong way to do this. I currently use Fox Farm's Grow Big Liquid Fertilizer and I fertilize every 2 weeks when I water my plants, starting around the end of February through October. I honestly probably only fertilize once or twice in winter because the plant isn't as active! I use about 1/2 to 3/4 the recommended amount of fertilizer because I would rather under-fertilize than over-fertilize my plants. Based on the below i