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Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Setaceus

Delicate and fluffy, this fern like climber is native to South Africa. With its shooting wiry stems it is ideal for training over our frames. Vigorous grower it can reach up to 3 meters when properly supported.

Plant Care

Light

Light shade best described by East or West facing window. Avoid direct sunlight.

Watering

Keep moist but not soggy from March - August. During winter month water when the soil is dry.

Humidity and temperature

The best display occurs in humid environments. Mist with lukewarm water, especially during winter month. Will be happy in cooler rooms, min temp 13°C (55°F).

Feeding and repotting

Feed from March - August with a diluted liquid fertiliser once a week if possible.

SOS

Quick guide to common problems and how to deal with them.

Note:

You may need to rely on organic pesticide control such as Neem Oil if the pest persists.

Brown leaves and stems.

This is due to the lack of watering. Give the fern some good soaking. Mist the clump near the soil and trim back dry branches to allow light through.

Scales or shell-like bumps on plant stems and the underside of leaves are visible. Sticky, sooty deposits on stems and leaves.

This is caused by the scale insect. If you catch the infestation early you can simply remove it with your fingernail and wash the stems with diluted washing up liquid in lukewarm water. Use 1tbsp washing up liquid to 4L of water.

Leaves turned dull bronze and dropping, noticeable webs appear.

The most likely culprits are red spider mites. They are most active between March - October and love dry environments. Take the infected plant out immediately. Make sure to check all your other plants for cross contamination. Remove the plant from the pot and wash out the soil until the roots are clean. Clean your pot thoroughly. Repot the fern in a fresh soil and keep quarantined until the plant is re-established and new growth appears. Ensure the soil is kept moist to avoid new infestation. Return the plant to its original place once you are confident the problem has been conquered.

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