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Container Gardening: Asparagus Fern (not Foxtail)

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daisylovn
(Tracey) Mobile, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 9, 2009
4:26 PM

Post #7256102

I know I'm crazy but once I took a cutting of asparagus fern and placed it in soil. I found out quickly that is NOT the way to propagate it!!!

Can someone tell me how? Can it be propagated from the "berries" it produces? I have alot of them but want to know if I pot them up, will they actually sprout, or would I again be wasting my time?

Please advise...
dp72
Woodway, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 10, 2009
6:07 PM

Post #7260271

The seed will germinate, because I have them come up all over the place in flowerbeds near other plants.
By far the surest way to propagate this plant (and its cousin the foxtail) is by division. Take a full plant and cut it into several parts with a SAW. The roots are extremely fibrous and hard to cut through. Plant up each section and it will fill out quickly.
daisylovn
(Tracey) Mobile, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 10, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #7260545

Thanks dp72 for the good info. I think I will buy a few from a lady down the street that sells them, and do just as you suggested.

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2009
8:41 PM

Post #7260710

WHICH one are you talking about? A. plumosa?

Al
daisylovn
(Tracey) Mobile, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 10, 2009
8:58 PM

Post #7260786

This one Al. See pic below... I'm not sure of the exact type

Family: Liliaceae
Genus: Asparagus
Species: densiflorus
Cultivar: Sprengeri

Maybe..

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tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2009
9:45 PM

Post #7260915

Ahh - I thought it was a coincidence. I got an email last night from another forum participant who saw a picture of one of my container plantings that had A. plumosa in it, asking for a start of that plant. I would have said the same thing DP72 said - easiest is divisions or new stems with roots attached, but they do come easily from the seeds you remove from the berries, too.

Al
daisylovn
(Tracey) Mobile, AL
(Zone 8b)

November 10, 2009
9:47 PM

Post #7260929

Thank You both!

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