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  • Unique Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 3 Feet

With its delicately arching, airy branches and small, soft leaves, the Asparagus Fern (Asparagus setaceus, also called Lace Fern) looks like it is fit for a fairytale. The Asparagus Fern is not a true fern, but rather a member of the lily family. This dainty plant produces long, slightly thorny tendrils and has the ability to climb up anything its swinging vines encounter. The Asparagus Fern is ideal for someone who wants the fern look without the fern maintenance as this houseplant is more forgiving than its humidity-obsessed namesakes. 

Best Locations For Growing Asparagus Fern

The Asparagus Fern’s feathery fronds have the ability to soften up a space, making a lovely addition to a bright bathroom or kitchen where it can benefit from easy access to water. Because this plant has tiny thorns, it may be best kept out of reach on a shelf or high windowsill, away from curious hands. In addition, the Asparagus Fern is not pet friendly, as it grows tiny, toxic fruits after producing small, bell-shaped flowers. 

Asparagus Fern Sunlight Requirements

The Asparagus Fern grows best in bright indirect light. Place this houseplant in an east- or north-facing window for all-day indirect sunlight. Be wary of placing the Asparagus Fern directly in front of a south- or west-facing window, as its fine leaves scorch easily in the sunlight. When this happens, the fronds will turn yellow and shed hundreds of tiny leaves. 

Asparagus Fern Care

The Asparagus Fern does not require much maintenance other than consistently moist but not soggy soil and plenty of bright indirect light. This plant can stay in the same pot for up to two years before needing to be repotted. When repotting, choose a pot that is only an inch or two larger and use a well-draining potting mix. To keep Asparagus Fern compact, prune the wispy vines or allow it to wrap itself around a trellis or other support structure. 

Watering Asparagus Fern

Though not technically a true fern, the Asparagus Fern still thrives when kept in consistently moist soil. Allow the surface of the soil to dry before watering deeply. The frequency of watering will depend on lighting and temperature but may be as often as every few days in the summer when the Asparagus Fern is growing the most.

Feeding Asparagus Fern

The Asparagus Fern will appreciate regular fertilizing during its growing period in the spring and summer months. Dilute a liquid, indoor plant food in water and add it into your watering routine, taking care to follow fertilizing instructions to avoid damaging the plant.

Asparagus Fern Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - Keep lightly moist. When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Mounded
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 3 feet
Mature Spread: 4 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Bright Green
Temperature: 50° - 75°F (10° - 24°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Asparagus Fern
Other Name(s): Lace Fern
Scientific Name: Asparagus setaceus
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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