Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)
Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)
Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)

Asparagus plumosus (Asparagus Fern)

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This fluffy plant can resemble a miniature tree or bonsai, and is beloved for soft foliage. 

If you live in hardiness zones 9 or above, you can grow asparagus fern outdoors as a perennial. In all other climates, it can be planted as an annual or kept indoors as a houseplant. It's also popular as an outdoor container plant, where it is often used as a spiller. You can bring the container inside when the weather turns cold.

The asparagus fern thrives in dappled shade, although it can be acclimated to more light. Keep it out of direct, bright sunlight.

Plant asparagus ferns in pots or containers in loose, well-drained potting soil. Outdoors, plant it in rich, well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. It is generally tolerant of less-than-ideal soil conditions, and can tolerate drying out to an extent.

Keeping an asparagus fern hydrated takes a little effort, and this plant thrives on humidity. Indoor growing conditions can often be dry, especially due to winter heat. Mist the plant daily, focusing on the arching stems. If the plant appears to be turning brown and droopy, it likely needs more water. While the asparagus fern can dry out to the point of appearing dead, it likely isn't. Warmer, humid air, and daily misting will help revive it. Outdoors, keep asparagus fern well-watered to prevent the soil from completely drying out.

Although most fern varieties are non-toxic to cats and dogs, Asparagus Fern is not actually a fern, and is toxic to pets.