The Q&A Archives: Ming Ferns

Question: I have been unable to locate any information on ming ferns and how to care for them properly. Do you have any information regarding this lovely fern?

Answer: Ming Ferns are better known as Asparagus meyerii, the ornamental Asparagus Fern. Your plant will grow indoors with average household warmth (minimum 50F at night), in bright or semi-shady conditions (but out of direct sunlight), with regular watering in the spring and summer months, but little water in the winter. Mist your plants occasionally to help supply some humidity. If the foliage begins to yellow, the temperature is too high, or the potting soil is too dry. It's natural for the older 'fronds' to yellow and die; cut them down at soil level to encourage new growth. Ornamental asparagus can grow outdoors in mild climates, if given a shady location and ample moisture. The foliage will be killed back with the first frost, but new stems should be produced from the roots in spring.

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