Ming fern growing shrub of the genus Asparagus also known as Asparagus retrofractus or Ming Asparagus fern, Ming fern perennial evergreen plant, used as cut flower, ornamental, fragrant, hedge and it’s drought tolerant plant, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean or tropics climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 9+.
Ming fern leaves
Leaves color green in needle shape, fern like structure.
Flower fragrant color white with 6 petals and yellow stamens, flowers small and grow in the end of the stems.
Fruit not edible the color red and round shape ~0.5cm.
Do not confuse with Asparagus fern (Asparagus aethiopicus)
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Requirements for Ming fern growing and care:
More than -5C, moist soil, rich soil with organic matter, moist
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed – better to sow in spring possible in summer as long as there is moist soil and hot weather it is possible (too much hot won’t germinate) / Vegetative reproduction – cutting start in spring with high humidity moist soil and don’t let it dry, need light but not too much sun in order to take care need to spray at least one a day with water better twice a day and if it’s in plastic box also open the cover twice a days, using hormone for growing root increase the chance of success, possible to use potting mix soil or peat soil will be better, if the soil isn’t clean sterilize the soil with microwave
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but easy to start with from cutting
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Fruit are poisonous
Spring to autumn, but each cold hardiness different – hardiness zone 9-10a planting spring to summer, hardiness zone 10b-11 spring to autumn, hardiness zone 12+ all year
Pests and diseases:
Gall, mealy bug, scale insect, spider mites
Autumn / Winter
How to prune:
Just for design
Size of the plant?
1-1.6m, 40-64 inches (3-7 feet)
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing in warm climates / Medium growing – the cold effect of the growth especially that it is become dormant in cold winter
Small amount of water and can be even drought tolerant, but can grow well with bigger amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun will bloom more and more fruits / Half Shade / Full Shade (less fruits but grow well)
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes, growing in container it’s not hard, require: potting soil, can be with lava grit or perlite (not must), take care that will be enough holes in the containers in order to get good drainage, every 2-3 years better to switch pot and cut the old roots
General information about the flower
White flowers with 6 petals and yellow stamens, flowers small and grow in the end of the stems