Asparagus Fern Care
Basic Asparagus Fern Care
The Asparagus Fern is such an elegant little houseplant – and although they look like they’ll be hard work to keep happy, they’re actually pretty simple to care for.
I prefer areas that aren't too bright or shady. Finding a balance is important.
I don't like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I'm after.
Please make sure the air isn't too dry, otherwise I won't be a happy plant.
I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it retains the right amount of water.
Detailed Asparagus Fern Care Information
Whether you're looking to make sure your Asparagus Fern is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.
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.
Common Problems with your Asparagus Fern
Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.
The most likely cause for yellowing on your Asparagus Fern is too much bright light. Try and move your Asparagus Fern to a more indirect spot and trim away any dead leaves.
Brown leaves on an Asparagus Fern is usually due to dry air and a lack of humidity. Give your fern a misting every couple of days, that should solve the problem. Trim away any dead leaves to conserve energy for new healthy growth.
White areas on your Asparagus Fern is probably caused by sunburn. Move your Asparagus Fern to a shadier spot with no direct light and keep an eye on any further changes.