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Fern / Foxtail
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Fern / Foxtail

Latin Name:

Plant Type:

Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyersii’
Fern

Description:

Arching stems in a tuft, the side branches forming a cylindrical cover to each one.

Origin:

South Africa

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

Yes

Flowering:

No

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Will grow for anybody

Temperature:

50-75°F, 10-24°C

Humidity:

Low humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the North/East/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil moist in the summer and barely moist in the winter. If you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed weekly in the summer months and every two weeks in the winter with a water soluble fertilizer diluted by half. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring.

Plant Pests:

Prone to spider mites, aphids, scale and thrips. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Division and seeds in the spring. After dividing plant re-plant in the plant’s regular potting mix. It is best to propagate seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist frequently with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining) and do not completely fill the pot with soil.

Is Genus:

No

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