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Sprengeri123
Apr 4, 2018 6:42 PM CST
Hi,

First, I'm sorry if this message is silly, as I don't know much about plants. My grandmother has had a Sprengeri plant that was given to her from my great grandma over 75 years ago. Over the course of the winter, the plant was tucked away in the house in a dark corner and practically forgotten about. Over the past week, I've been trying to revive it. It was completely dry. The branches were brown and definitely dead.

After about a week of being on a heating pad and in indirect sunlight inside. There are now small sprouts coming from the soil. They definitely look like the pictures I've seen of sprengeri seedlings here on garden.org. Do you think that it's possible that these are, in fact, seedlings that the original plant dropped?

Also, I think I read somewhere that the plants have tubers - is it possible that this growth is coming from tubers or the original plant.

How would you proceed? I really want this plant (or it's seedlings) to thrive and become beautiful once again. I would appreciate any help so much. Thank you!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 4, 2018 6:52 PM CST
Welcome!

Its hard to kill an Asperagus Fern and it sounds like you just figured that out. You are doing all the right things. Next winter, though, don't let Grandma take care of it. Smiling

If you can post a photo of your plant, we can help you determine if you have new shoots or new seedlings. In some places, Asperagus ferns grow outside (and can become invasive). You might want to find an outdoor position for it (a shady porch, under a tree) for at least the summer and mayber winter too. I think they are hardy to a little below freezing in a sheltered spot.
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crawgarden
Apr 4, 2018 6:52 PM CST
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Sprengeri123
Apr 4, 2018 7:05 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Its hard to kill an Asperagus Fern and it sounds like you just figured that out. You are doing all the right things. Next winter, though, don't let Grandma take care of it. Smiling

If you can post a photo of your plant, we can help you determine if you have new shoots or new seedlings. In some places, Asperagus ferns grow outside (and can become invasive). You might want to find an outdoor position for it (a shady porch, under a tree) for at least the summer and mayber winter too. I think they are hardy to a little below freezing in a sheltered spot.


Thanks! I've added some images to the original post.

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crawgarden
Apr 4, 2018 7:09 PM CST
Looks like its firing up again, like Daisy said they are very difficult to kill, in SoCal they were almost a nuisance. Welcome to the site Welcome!
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Sprengeri123
Apr 4, 2018 7:12 PM CST
crawgarden said:Looks like its firing up again, like Daisy said they are very difficult to kill, in SoCal they were almost a nuisance. Welcome to the site Welcome!


Thank you for the reply. I'm glad to hear that these things are so tough! Here's hoping it keeps growing!
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plantladylin
Apr 4, 2018 8:22 PM CST
Asparagus Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri') are a pest plant here in Florida and it's almost impossible to get rid of them. They spread by underground tubers are small but they form huge, tough clumps and it's very difficult to dig them out without a bulldozer! We've cut many back to the ground over the years and yes indeed, they do regrow from those underground tubers. I can't see the little green sprouts very well in your second photo but if there was a Sprengeri in that pot, I'm 99.99% positive that's what you see sprouting. Green Grin!

Here's a photo from our database (link above) showing the roots/tubers:
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DaisyI
Apr 4, 2018 8:53 PM CST
Sounds like our native Yarrow. I have been waging war with it for 4 years and I thing I am losing. Grumbling
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