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Asparagus Fern Care Guide

Asparagus Fern Care Guide

Common Name: Asparagus Fern

Scientific Name: Asparagus densiflorus sprengeri
Location and Habitat: South Africa

General Information 

Although commonly referred to as ferns, these ornamental plants actually belong to the Asparagus family. Real ferns belong to the plant class Polypodiopsida, and these plants reproduce by spores. Asparagus fern plants  produce seeds. It is important to note that these plants can be invasive in zones 9-12.


Asparagus Fern Light Requirements ☀️

Bright, indirect sunlight. Too much hot afternoon sunlight may scorch the needles, whereas insufficient light may turn them yellow and cause them to drop. Really leggy, bare stems are also an indication of insufficient light.


Asparagus Water Requirements 💧

Keep well-watered, but do not allow to stand in water. Less water is typically required during the winter but don’t let the soil dry out completely.

Use room temperature water.



Feed regularly spring through fall with a liquid fertilizer at 1/4-1/2 strength recommended dose. 


Due to their vigorous growth habit, Asparagus ferns may become pot bound. If required, re-pot during spring or early summer for best results.


Plants will eventually produce berries or seeds. Plant the berries to grow more asparagus ferns. Also can be divided at time of repotting.


Trim to keep tidy.


Does enjoy extra humidity. Great plant for a well lit bathroom or even in your shower. In Southern BC our normal room humidity levels are often more than adequate.

Pests & Disease

Pests uncommon but may suffer from mites or aphids


Mildly toxic for both cats and dogs