Asparagus Fern Care

The Asparagus Fern is such an elegant little houseplant. However, their delicate leaves mean they need quite a specific environment to keep them looking fresh. 

Basic Asparagus Fern Care

We don’t often recommend the Asparagus Fern to more inexperienced plant parents because they can be quite sensitive to their environment and care and their delicate leaves can all turn brown even if the slightest thing is wrong.

Light is the most important thing to consider when caring for an Asparagus Fern. If they receive too much, it can burn the leaves and dry out the plant. Even just a day or two of too much light and you’ll have a very dry Asparagus Fern on your hands. The good news is that they can OK with most other light levels and although you may see slower growth in lower light areas, the risk of leaf burn is minimized.

Below you’ll find our complete Asparagus Fern care guide with everything you need to know to keep your Fern happy and healthy.

Detailed Asparagus Fern Care

Keep them out of direct light

Asparagus Ferns are happy in most lighting conditions, which is great news. One thing to note though is that it’s best if you keep your Asparagus Fern out of direct sunlight though as they can be prone to burning.

Be careful not to overwater your Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Ferns prefer a little and often way of watering, this keeps the soil moist but never wet and soggy. They can be prone to root rot so it’s important that you get the drainage right. Check out our guide to watering for more detailed information.

Asparagus Ferns love humidity

Being from the forest, Asparagus Ferns are happiest when there’s a little higher humidity than in the average home. Be sure to give your Asparagus Fern a mist every few days, or consider a pebble tray to keep things more consistent. You can find out more in our Humidity Guide.

Asparagus Ferns are poisonous to pets

Watch out if you have have a cat or dog around! Pets that ingest the leaves can develop digestive issues and struggle with breathing, so give this one a miss if you have a pet in the house.

Asparagus Ferns like slightly higher temperatures

Although it is possible for your Asparagus Fern to survive well in slightly cooler homes, they will thrive if the temperature is slightly warmer. Avoid placing them next to drafty windows and doors as the cool air from outside can be quite harmful over time.

Propagate your Asparagus Fern by division

The easiest way to propagate your Asparagus Fern is by dividing the plant. Make sure that you equally divide up the root system so that each plant has the best survival chance. We also recommend propagating your Asparagus Fern in spring ahead of the warmer growth months.

Asparagus Fern Care FAQs

Common Issues for Asparagus Ferns

Although Asparagus Fern care can be quite easy, there are several common issues that happen if your plant isn’t fully happy with its care or environment. It is important to spot the warning signs so you know how to help nurture your plant back to full health.


Written by Billy Dawson



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