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Emerald Feather

English Name

Asparagus Densiflorus Sprengeri

Scientific Name

Description

The genus Asparagus, which includes the edible vegetable Asparagus officinalis, also includes a number of species and varieties grown indoors for their attractive feathery foliage. Asparagus Sprengeri is the most popular house-plant that has pliable, drooping stems as much as 3 feet long. Flowers which are small, sometimes fragrant are often followed by red, orange or purple berries. Although the fine needle-like leaves of some species have the common name as fern, they actually belong to the lily family and are not ferns.

South Africa

Origin

Liliaceae

Family

45°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

59°F - 70°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

21 days - 30 days

Germination Period

10" - 3'

Height (feet/inches)

2'6" - 3'

Spacing (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Yes

Fragrance

Color

Watering

Water plentifully as often as necessary to keep potting mixture thoroughly moist but never allow the pot to stand in water. During the rest period give the plant only enough water to keep the mixture from drying out.

Feeding

Apply standard liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks throughout the active growing period.

Repotting

Use a soil-based potting mixture, re-pot in Spring into pots one size larger until they are in the largest convenient size. When grown in hanging baskets, they should be top-dressed with fresh mixture in Spring.

Propagation

Divide overcrowded clumps in Spring. Remove any excess mixture from tuberous roots and separate them with a sharp knife. Plant clumps in 3 inch pot of soil-based potting mixture and treat as mature specimens. Seed germinates well when chipped or soaked in Spring.

Cultivation

Bright light is essential for Asparagus plants but never subject them to direct sunlight which can badly scorch the leaves.

Care

If dead or damaged fronds are unsightly, cut them off with sharp scissors.

Humidity

Spray twice a week in Summer, daily in hot weather and once a week in Winter. Stand pot on a saucer of pebbles almost covered with water to keep up humidity.

Soil

Soil-based compost.



Did you know?

All parts of the oleander (Nerium oleander), a beautiful Mediterranean-native flowering shrub, are poisonous. Ingesting oleander leaves can cause gastrointestinal, cardiac, and central nervous system problems and possible death.