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I have had this plant for about 8 years I was told it was a ming but I have not been able to find any ming that even resembles this
plant. The new branches start out like a vine the first one I saw I almost pull it out thinking it was a weed. The mature branches have reversed thorns around each node that has a stem. It has bloomed once for me a white small blosom I only water it ,I transplanted it once and only because the pot it was in broke, I would like to know how to better care for this plant. Thanks
Yes,yes ,yes that is exactly what I have... I visited the link that "growin" gave me and to my surprise
there were pics of the plant that I have. I am also surprised that is related to the asparagus fern, I
need to divide my plant, I have a huge root ball at the base and it is totally out of the soil. Can you give me some advise on how to go about this. Thanks again for clearing up my confusion.
I have a big clump of A. macowanii -- looks a little like a grove of skinny pine trees. You can see that it's an Asparagus when you look at the ends of new shoots. Anyway -- my experience has been that the plant generally exposes its roots (mine has a whole small hill of roots cascading below it) and is quite hardy, in fact, nearly impossible to get rid of. Mine died back to the ground in a hard freeze a few years ago, and came back strongly the next spring. I'd just take a sharp shovel and cut the root ball between the stems, and then plant the resulting smaller rootballs. Judging from the way mine has grown, I'd plant it so that the top of the roots is just at the surface -- it'll get there eventually anyway. They're fairly fast growers, too. Be careful, though -- these plants have spines at the bases of the stems, and you need to wear gloves and some arm protection if you're going to be handling them.