asparagus ferns

pearlgirlOctober 21, 2010

I'm wanting to bring in my two asparagus ferns, however, I

hate that they shed so much. Are there any tips on correcting

this from happening so often?



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Margaret. Do you have a cool room? If you do, overwinter your AF there.. The cooler the better.
Cool is between 50-65F. Anything warmer than 65 is pushing it.
A weekly shower, and daily spray will help some, but keeping out of a hot, dry room is a sure bet. Toni

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 12:53AM
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I can do that! Thanks, Toni.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 8:14AM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

PG - there are actually several plants referred to commonly as asparagus fern. I over-winter an A. plumosa on the kitchen table in front of both a south and west window, where they do very well - no spoiled foliage at all.

This is A. Plumosa

here, too

but the one I over-winter indoors after a summer outdoors is this plant, seen here just before being cut back

to this

I've emptied all but one of my outdoor containers that has plumosa in it. If you don't have plumosa and would like one. Let me know and I'll send. I have at least a couple more on the compost pile that I could easily salvage, if anyone else would like one.


    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 9:53AM
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Al's right, there are several types of Asparagus Ferns, the most commonly sold is Asparagus 'Sprengeri.'
In my experience, keeping Aspargus cooler prevents brown fronds.
When I kept my Asparagus hanging in the LR, the needles browned and dried. The LR is the second warmest room in the house. There were needles all over the floor.
Maybe Al's kitchen is kept cooler since his Plumosa doesn't brown and shed.

Which AF do you have?


A. Sprengeri



The pics were taken in 2009, they're much larger now. My Plumosia needs work.. It too was in the LR on a table, results brown fronds. Toni

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 1:27PM
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A reduction in light, which typically happens when plants are moved inside for the winter, can cause frond deterioration. Keep yours close to a sunny window.

Be sure to keep the soil moist. Once the heat comes on, evaporation and dry air will cause the soil to dry more quickly.

Spider mites are always a potential problem for theses ferns when the air is warm and dry. Check for them regularly.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2010 at 7:54PM
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deburn(6 - Boston MA)

Al, I would like a plumosa cutting, if you still have one left!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2010 at 8:31AM
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deburn(6 - Boston MA)

Al, got your package today. I was just expecting the plumosa which would have been nice enough, but I was very pleasantly surprised by all the other goodies! Looks like I'm going to have a busy weekend :-)

Thank you so much and I hope to be able to do the same down the line

It was great speaking with you as well!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2010 at 10:08PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

You're welcome. I enjoyed our visit as well, Bern. It was a very pleasant chat - you're a friendly cat.

Grow them well & soon you can divide/propagate and just 'pay it forward'. ;o)

I had 5 of the ferns (A plumosa) on the compost pile & all were in good shape. All are spoken for but the one remaining, which, since I'd offered it to Margaret, I was holding on to. I'll wait a day or two to see if she replies, then it's up for grabs. Margaret?


    Bookmark   October 28, 2010 at 2:51PM
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