Asparagus plumosus is one of several houseplants commonly called Asparagus Ferns. Surprisingly, it's not a fern at all! Asparagus ferns gets this nickname from their plumes of feathery foliage that look like delicate fern fronds. As a cut flower we use "plumosa" in a lot of arrangements. You will see it everywhere. And, as a funny side note my grandmother called it a "Florida fern" because her sister who lived in Florida gave it to her!
This particular species (sometimes called Asparagus setaceous) is one of my favorite as a house plant, yard flower and cut stem. Its rich dark green color, feathery texture and a distinct appearance make it an enchanting addition to landscape, home scape and floral arrangements.
INDOOR PLANT CARE
• Light: Place in bright, indirect light
• Water: Allow to dry slightly between waterings. Water when first 1-2” of soil feels dry to the touch, or at first sign of wilt
• Considerations: Thrives in high humidity. Yellowing needles that drop typically means the plant needs more light or water
WHAT TO EXPECT
You'll get a healthy Asparagus plumosus that meets our rigorous quality standards in a plastic nursery pot. No two plants are alike, and yours will have its own unique shape, size and personality; expect this natural variation from the photos.
OUTDOOR PLANT CARE
Grow asparagus plumosa ferns in fertile, loose, well-draining soil. Water plumosa ferns often enough to prevent the soil from drying out. Increase humidity by misting their fern-like leaves daily. Asparagus ferns prefer dappled shade and are kept away from direct sunlight. Fertilize the potted fern monthly during the growing season.
Container, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Seashore. Easily grown in any good garden soil. Prefers a rich sandy loam. This species is not very cold-hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about -3°c. It might succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country if given a warm sheltered position. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native, Naturalizing, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.