Asparagus Fern plant care guide

Asparagus Fern plant

The Asparagus Fern, scientifically known as Asparagus setaceus, is a popular houseplant known for its delicate, feathery foliage. Despite its name, it is not a true fern but rather a member of the asparagus family. Here's a plant care guide for Asparagus Fern:

Asparagus Fern has fine, needle-like, light green foliage that cascades down in a trailing manner, making it a great choice for hanging baskets or as a trailing plant in pots. It produces small white flowers followed by small berries, although indoor plants rarely bloom.

Care guide


Asparagus Fern prefers bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some morning or evening sun, but avoid exposing it to intense, direct sunlight, as it can scorch the foliage. Place it near a window with filtered or curtain-filtered light.


Asparagus Fern thrives in average room temperatures ranging from 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C). It can tolerate slightly cooler temperatures but is sensitive to cold drafts. Protect it from temperatures below 50°F (10°C).


Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water your Asparagus Fern when the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil feels dry. Avoid letting the plant completely dry out between waterings. However, be cautious not to overwater, as it can lead to root rot.


Asparagus Fern appreciates higher humidity levels. You can increase humidity by using a room humidifier, placing the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water, or misting the foliage regularly. This helps prevent the tips of the fronds from turning brown.


Use a well-draining soil mix for Asparagus Fern. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and potting soil works well. Good drainage is important to prevent waterlogged roots.


Feed your Asparagus Fern with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer). Follow the package instructions for dilution ratios and frequency. Reduce or stop fertilization during the winter months when the plant's growth slows down.


Asparagus Fern prefers slightly crowded roots and doesn't require frequent repotting. Repot it when it becomes root-bound or outgrows its current pot. Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.


Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and health of Asparagus Fern. Trim off any dead, yellowed, or damaged fronds by cutting them off at the base. Prune leggy or overgrown stems to promote bushier growth. Trimming back the fronds also helps control the plant's size.

Pest control:

Asparagus Fern is generally resistant to pests, but it may occasionally encounter common houseplant pests like spider mites, mealybugs, or scale insects. Inspect your plant regularly and treat any infestations promptly using insecticidal soap or neem oil, following the product instructions.

Remember to provide adequate air circulation around your Asparagus Fern to prevent the development of fungal diseases. With proper care, your Asparagus Fern can thrive and add a touch of lushness to your indoor space.