How to grow Ming fern

Ming fern grow and care – 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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How to grow 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

Planting season:
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

Pruning season:
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

Water requirement:
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 indoor 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

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
White flowers with 6 petals and yellow stamens, flowers small and grow in the end of the stems

Scientific name:

Asparagus retrofractus

How to grow Ming fern

Growing Ming fern

Ming fern


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Shrub
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Floristry
  • Fragrance
  • Hedging plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Small amounts of water