I recently bought a plant, but I'm not sure what kind it is. All I know
is it is some type of fern.
Please take a look at my plant here:
I'm more interested in the following:
- How big will it get? It's about 4 inches tall now.
- Will this survive in an office with lots of flourescent lighting
but no natural sunlight?
- Should I wait until the soil is almost dry before watering?
- Should I be misting this plant often, and if so, how often?
Please respond to this newsgroup.
Thanks in advance!
Your plant is not a fern at all.
Its Asparagus plumosa, a xerophytic flowering plant.
If you have the dwarf form of the species, it will stay small.
If you keep it moist and in shade like a true fern, it will eventually die.
Asparagus need plenty of light and to go dry between waterings to do well.
Do not mist it.
You have never seen Asparagus in flower or fruit?
They have small white or greenish star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers
followed by showy red or black berries. Asparagus plumosus has black berries
while A.densiflorus (A.sprengeri) has red berries.
Many of the species have small sharp spines along the stems that can give
you nasty cuts if you aren't careful handling them!!!
Another surprise is that most of them have tuberous rootstocks!!!
The genus Asparagus, along with closely allied Protasparagus and
Myrsiphyllum, has the most number of species native to southern Africa.
Asparagus plumosus is actually Protasparagus plumosus.
I had a very old and very very potbound one (as in the rootball forcing itself
about 2 inches above the top of the pot) that flowered occasionally. It got
little white flowers that looked like lily of the valley and had a strong funky
smell sort of like coconut.
Re-reading, I see I should have said "before I made mistakes and
killed them, they were attractive, flourishing plants upon which I
never observed blossoms." The OPs picture, with teensy, mini-asparagus
looking stem ends makes me wonder if Hollandaise might be in order.
After all, mini-corn, and (lathed) "baby" carrots are quite popular.
"Asparagus Fern -- the new designer veg!"
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