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How to Propagate an Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Ferns are one of our favourite houseplants here at Fiddle & Thorn and they are really easy to propagate too.

How to Propagate an Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Ferns are one of our favourite houseplants here at Fiddle & Thorn and they are really easy to propagate too. Their delicate leaves make you think that they are tricky to care for but they are actually pretty hardy and can deal with quite a bit! 

Anyone who loves Asparagus Ferns as much as we do, will also probably be desperate to know what methods you can use to propagate them, as well as how easy and quick it is… Well, the good news is that propagating Asparagus Ferns really couldn’t be easier but the only downside is that you can only propagate them through division of the mother plant. It’s not possible to propagate Asparagus Ferns through their leaves as they have tuberous roots that are best divided. But more on that later…

In this post we will cover the step by step process of propagating an Asparagus Fern as well as what tools you’ll need, issues you may face and all of our tips for a successful Asparagus Fern propagation.

Why propagate an Asparagus Fern?

There are several reasons why you might choose to propagate your Asparagus Fern. Firstly, lots of people want to simply multiply the number of plants you have without actually having to buy any more. Offshoots of your Asparagus Fern will also make great gifts for friends and family.

Another reason you might want to propagate your Asparagus Fern is if it has become too big for the space or quite leggy. Dividing your plant and pruning it back can help shape your plant better and you can propagate any sections of the plant that you take away (provided the plant is divided by the root system).

You may also choose to propagate your Asparagus Fern if part of it is sunburnt or starting to die. You just want to be sure that the section of the plant you are propagating is healthy and pest-free. Otherwise, the illness or pests will transfer onto your new Asparagus Fern, which really isn’t ideal!!

What tools will I need to propagate my Asparagus Fern?

Let’s start off with the easiest part. It’s important to make sure you have all the right things before taking the first cutting!

 

  • Healthy and mature Asparagus Fern

  • Sharp scissors/shears

  • Spare pot(s)

  • Fresh soil and water

  • Newspaper or plastic sheet

What methods can I use to propagate my Asparagus Fern?

Unlike many other houseplants, Asparagus Ferns have tuberous roots which means stem cuttings won’t grow any roots. There is only really one way to successfully propagate an Asparagus Fern which is through division of a large mother plant. This means you will need quite a mature Asparagus Fern with various natural offshoots to be able to make two or more plants out of it which can be a bit of a barrier if your plant is still quite young.

How to propagate an Asparagus Fern by division of the mother plant

 

  • 1

    Take your Asparagus Fern out of its pot

    To be able to divide your Asparagus Fern you’ll need to locate the natural offshoots of the plant so start by taking it carefully out of the pot. Asparagus Ferns have very thin leaves so don’t tug too hard at the plant to remove it or you risk causing damage to your plant. 

    Shake off the potting mix around the roots and run your fingers through the roots if they are quite packed together. 

  • 2

    Locate the various offshoots on your Asparagus Fern 

    When looking for a part of the plant to divide it will become very obvious where the natural offshoots are. Each section will have its own root system that can be separated to form a new plant.

  • 3

    Separate the sections

    You may have to trim off the odd root if they aren’t detangling easily but you should be able to carefully pull the offshoots apart from each other. When doing this, you want to make sure that each part of the plant has a substantial amount of the root system to aid a successful Asparagus Fern propagation. The number of new plants you make at this stage is completely up to you and how bushy or small you want them to be. 

  • 4

    Place in water or fresh potting mix

    Pot the main mother Asparagus Fern plant back into its original pot (or downsize to a smaller pot if you have taken away a large amount of the Fern). 

    Now the next step is to decide whether you want to grow your new offshoots in water before potting into soil. You only really need to do this if the sections have very short roots but usually with division we go straight into potting mix. 

  • 5

    Continue normal care

    If your cutting is now in fresh potting mix then you can care for it as you would your mother Asparagus Fern. If it’s in water first you want to refresh that water every couple of days and repot into potting mix once the roots have grown. 

Asparagus Fern Propagation FAQs

Below you’ll find all the answers to your Asparagus Fern propagation questions, from time of year to equipment you can use to aid success.

Common problems when propagating an Asparagus Fern

Propagating plants doesn’t always have 100% success and you may encounter some problems along the way. But don’t worry, below you can figure out what is causing these problems to arise and hopefully solve them before it kills your plant cuttings.

We hope you have found this complete guide to Asparagus Fern propagation useful. It’s never an exact science and sometimes it will take a while for your plant to recover and grow more leaves. But with the right methods, care routine, warmth and light level you should find success.

Check out our detailed Asparagus Fern care guide to find all the information on how to continue to care for your new plants!

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