Houseplants forum: Asparugus fern propagation question

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Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
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Kathy547
Mar 21, 2016 10:14 AM CST
Can I cut the two taller stems at soil level & try to root in either water or soil?

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MacnCheese
Mar 21, 2016 1:05 PM CST
The only way I know how to propagate these is by separating them at root level. You have to be careful not to break/cut the tuberous roots apart or the "bulb" won't survive, but you can literally pull apart/cut them in half (root ball that is, with above ground foliage attached) and end up with two plants.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Mar 21, 2016 1:11 PM CST
I agree You can divide up your plant. You might be surprised how many plants are actually in your pot. Still, it looks like a young plant. It may reproduce for you threefold this season giving you more plants to divide by gall. Also, I have random Asparagus Fern popping up in various places in the yard. The berries, if you get any grow, obviously, very easy.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 21, 2016 1:25 PM CST
Asparagus Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri') leaf stems will not form roots, the only way to propagate is by division. I hope they aren't invasive in your area because they are a terrible pest plant and those little bulbous things spread and send out runners everywhere.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 21, 2016 1:26 PM CST
Mockingbirds love the berries when they turn red.
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plantladylin
Mar 21, 2016 1:28 PM CST
These are great photos showing the root system and the little bulbs
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Mar 22, 2016 4:17 PM CST
I took those pics after evicting some volunteers from my Mom's yard. That was a lovely novelty potted plant when we lived in OH, but not welcome here after she got an outbreak of it all around her yard from one potted plant. You're in the same zone as me, Kathy. Probably hardy where you are too if it gets loose in the ground (so I would trim the bloom things off, if it makes any, so it won't then make berries that drop & are moved by birds all over the area & sprout.)

You could (carefully, so the thorns don't get you) feel around the base of your plant and see if it feels like more than 1 area where the leaves are emerging. If so, you should be able to unpot & pull them apart.

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Name: Debra joeswife
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Apr 6, 2016 12:01 PM CST
plantladylin said:http://garden.org/plants/view/74880/Asparagus-Fern-Asparagus-densiflorus-Sprengeri/ leaf stems will not form roots, the only way to propagate is by division. I hope they aren't invasive in your area because they are a terrible pest plant and those little bulbous things spread and send out runners everywhere.

amen TO THAT! I HAVE FERNS SPROUTING EVERYWHERE IN THE TURTLE AREA WHERE THE MOMMA FERN HAS SIT ALL WINTER.
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