Asparagus aethiopicus 'Sprengeri'
Sprenger's Asparagus is a branching perennial with wirey green stems that are sparsely covered with clusters of 3-4, ¾" cladodes along the stem. They can be trained to scramble up a support, but are most often grown as hanging plants. Produces small white or pinkish-white flowers in the spring, followed by green berries that will turn red by mid-winter. When planted in containers, the unique feathery foliage makes a lovely complement to flowers. It makes an excellent house plant and works well in hanging baskets
Sprenger's Asparagus has been declared a noxious weed in Florida, Hawaii and New Zealand.
They grow best in bright, indirect light without any full sun. Direct, hot sunlight can scorch the 'needles', while insufficient light will often cause them to yellow or drop.
They thrive in daytime temperatures of 70°-75° with it 10° cooler at night. Asparagus Ferns should be planted in rich, light, slightly acidic, well-drained soil.
The addition of peat moss to a good, commercial potting soil will take care of this requirement.
While Asparagus Ferns will tolerate short periods of drought, they grow best when they are given plenty of water, especially when they are actively growing. In low light conditions, your Asparagus Fern will need less water, especially during the winter months. They appreciate higher humidity and an occasional misting. As soon as new growth begins in early spring, begin feeding your Asparagus every 3-4 weeks,
using a soluble (liquid) all-purpose fertilizer. Continue with this feeding schedule until growth slows in the fall. Asparagus Ferns are dioecious plants, meaning that both male and female plants must be present to produce. If your plant has berries on it, you can harvest a single seed from each one. Remove the pulp from the seed and soak it room temperature water overnight before sowing them indoors ½" deep in a tray or in pots. Maintain a temperature in the planting medium at 70°-80° until germination,which takes about 4 weeks. Grows to a height of 24 inches with a 24-36 inches wide. Zones 8-10.
How To Grow Asparagus Fern From Seeds
Scratch seed with sandpaper or nail file and soak in water 24 hours prior to sowing.
Sow the seed in a tray or in pots. Do not cover seeds. light is required for germination.
Keep Moist until germination.
Asparagus Ferns should be planted in rich, light, slightly acidic, well-drained soil.
Maintain a temperature in the planting medium at 70°-80° until germination,which takes about 4 weeks.