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Asaparagus ferns yellowing

Posted by ssmdgardener 7a (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 13, 12 at 12:53

A few weeks ago, I bought a foxtail asparagus fern and a couple of Asparagus setaceus ferns. They came in this horribly compacted peat mix. I tried to wait until it warmed up at least a little bit to pot them in the 5:1:1, but they started yellowing.

I did not want to lose them by waiting any longer so just today, I bare rooted them and repotted them in the 511. They were all horribly root bound. :-(

My question is, what can be done about the yellowing leaves? What should I do with them now so they can recover well? Do I cut off the yellowing leaves altogether? How much light should I give them at this point? Thank you!

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RE: Asaparagus ferns yellowing

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a mid-MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 13, 12 at 14:38

Wait until they recover, send out roots, and regain some energy (late June), then cut them back hard & get rid of all the poor foliage. Here is a picture of how I cut back A plumosa, even though the foliage was perfect. It just gets too rangy.



RE: Asaparagus ferns yellowing

Thanks, Al! That looks gorgeous!

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