Start by observing the center of the plant at the soil level to see how it looks. It is just too large to handle at the size it is. This asparagus fern needs dividing or transplanting to a larger pot. From what I've read, dividing can be done early spring. It does not have rhizomes like the more invasive Asparagus aethiopicus. Asparagus fern, Asparagus setaceus. Asparagus densiflorus is the foxtail fern. The Asparagus Fern, aka Plumosa Nanus, even though it’s called a fern, it doesn’t belong to that family. If you live in SoCal or a similar zone, you will be very happy with this plant. Will it hurt it to cut it back and divide it. 13 years ago. This evergreen herbaceous perennial bears no resemblance to either, and in spite of its name, is not a true fern. As asparagus spears reach maturity, the tips open up and expand. If patience is your middle name, you can propagate Asparagus Fern using the seeds from their berries. It is easy to start new plants by dividing the base root system with 10 or 12 sprays attached. When it comes to dividing, however, plants in clay pots can prove a challenge. I set out last December in search of 2 Foxtail Ferns to plant at the edge of my pink grapefruit tree but the ones available in the 1 gallon size were on the puny side. It is best to do this during the spring when your fern develops new growth. Snowy climes will need to bring them in for shelter during the colder months. This plant does not like frost or freezing weather. As a general rule, ferns need to be repotted or divided every 3 to 5 years. Propagate an asparagus plumosa fern by dividing its bulb-like roots or by planting its seeds. Its branches look like foxtails, hence its name. I have a huge asparagus fern in a large pot that I would like to cut back so I can divide it before wintering it over in my greenhouse. Jul 19, 2015 - Repotting my meyer or foxtail asparagus fern, known in Latin as Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyeri’, is a task I do every 5 years or so. At this point, the spears spread out wider and start to look like ferns. But! Asparagus ferns look like asparagus. It is an asparagus, therefore unlike other ferns; the Asparagus Fern prefers bright light and occasional dryness. Asparagus plumosus, an aggressive climber, can be snipped for arrangements (pick mature shoots for longevity). Inspect the Plant. They billow and drape so gracefully down to the ground. The first thing you need to do is to inspect your Asparagus fern. If your plant is starting to die out in the middle and produce smaller leaves, chances are it’s outgrown its container or garden space. Cut out the dead stems near their base using clean, sharp shears. When it comes to propagating the asparagus fern… Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myers’ ferns are easy-to-care-for plants. Prune back the entire fern every three years or when it becomes leggy and overgrown. Cooperative Extension, which staffs local offices in all 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The root system has exerted enough pressure to crack the pot. Propagating Asparagus Fern. Aug 14, 2019 - Have you tried to bring your asparagus fern inside in the fall only to have it drop all its needles? Saved from youtube.com. I wanted to get at least two plants out of this huge one, so I used a serrated garden trowel to cut the root ball down the middle. Asparagus sprengeri, a cultivar of asparagus densiflorus is the most popular variety of this plant. If you would like to keep the same size fern for next year, a good rule of thumb is to split the fern to a third of its size for its current container. Turn a terra cotta pot upside down and then place your potted plant on top of it to create an inexpensive plant stand. For best results, don't wait this long to divide or transplant ferns. I wanted to wait to divide it cuz I entered it in the fair this summer. Joined: Apr 13, 2011 Messages: 9,027 Likes Received: 4,247. Step 3. Asparagus ferns climb, trail, or sit upright, which makes them very flexible plants in a planting scheme (indoors or out). Late winter or early spring is a good time to tackle this task. When propagating the plant using root division, ensure that each of the tuber root sections has plenty of shoots. First, give the plant a good soak in water for an hour. Dividing the tubers is the easiest way to create new asparagus fern plants that you can enjoy for years and years. Dividing an Asaragus fern. Not all houseplants need dividing. maidinmontana. Is there anybody who has done this before? Cut back the entire plant to within 1 to 2 inches of the ground in spring. I know it is time when there is no longer any room fr… In general, faster-growing species that form thick clumps with multiple stems are most likely to require division every few years. Asparagus fern is widely used as an ornamental plant for containers and as a groundcover. Dividing & Planting Asparagus Sprengeri Fern Eventually, red berries will form on the fern-like female asparagus spears. The … Step 1: Grab a fern. Getting 2 Plants From 1: Dividing And Planting A Foxtail Fern Shopping for plants is 1 of my favorite things to do. Asparagus Foxtail Fern Care. Versatile asparagus fern is an attractive herbaceous perennial that is easy to grow, though not actually a fern. Plant your new divisions in containers that are a quarter to a third larger than the size of the plant’s root division for best results. Asparagus ferns are nicknamed foxtail ferns. Asparagus plumosus NC State University and N.C. A&T State University work in tandem, along with federal, state and local governments, to form a strategic partnership called N.C. Different Types of Asparagus Plant The asparagus fern comes in a few different varieties, but all have the typical lacy or airy feel to them. If you have an Aspargus fern you know how ratty they can get. Saving Ferns – Repotting & Dividing. If your ferns are exceptionally large, or have outgrown their pots, Fall is the perfect time for dividing and replanting. Discussion in 'Houseplants' started by carolyn, Apr 3, 2014. carolyn Strong Ash. I live in western PA--Zone 6a I believe. It grows upright rather than sprawling. Also referred to as emerald fern and foxtail fern, the plant is a native of South Africa. The Asparagus Fern is actually not a fern at all. This fern will look its best when used in a cascading appearance or hanging basket. Step forward one of my three year old Dryopteris filix-mas, a native fern that is beautiful and tough as old boots. Easy care asparagus fern plants, native to South Africa, are not true ferns at all but rather members of the lily family. Trim out dead or damaged stems at any time to improve the appearance of the asparagus fern. Dividing ferns is pretty easy, and below is how I do it. However, that causes confusion because the foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus), although related, is a different species and looks very different. This inedible asparagus plant is a member of the lily family and is not technically a fern. Asparagus aethiopicus is an invasive plant in Florida and other areas, but I can find no substantiation that Asparagus densiflorus (foxtail fern) is invasive. After separating the asparagus fern into two or more pieces, plant in new pots or partially shaded areas of your garden. Plant asparagus fern in garden beds where it is used as a creeper in warmer climates. All my asparagus have come up very thin with very few being edible. Propagation from cuttings is a relatively simple process for … I love to plant them in terra cotta pots and have them elevated up off the ground. dividing asparagus fern. Read on for asparagus fern care that is easy! Asparagus fern grows best in USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11 although it can survive in much of zone 8. Tuberous Roots. Asparagus fern is a member of the lily family, and the Asparagus genus. Here you can clearly see how this particular fern grows. Ming ferns are also called pom-pom asparagus ferns or zig-zag ferns. Also called Chinese Ming ferns, Asparagus retrofractus has long, thin woody stems with clusters of needle-like cladodes. It can be invasive, so keep an eye on it. You will more often find asparagus fern growing indoors as a dense, bushy houseplant with lace-like foliage that forms an incredible mound. Always make sure that every piece of the plant has enough roots to sustain the entire plant. 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