Tips for care - Asparagus Plant
Asparagus is a great medicinal plant. Asparagus is good for heart health, regulating blood sugar, has Anti-aging benefits, lowers the risk of type-2 diabetes, skin health, preventing kidney stones, good for pregnant women, digestive health, etc. It's a beautiful looking and easy to grow plant and hence can be a tabletop plant.
Potting – Well-drained soil, a mix of perlite, cocopeat, and vermiculite can be a good mix. The potting mix should be such that it retains moisture even though it should not lead to root rot.
Watering Requirement – Medium watering requirement, the plant needs humidity around it. Mist the plant daily and provide a nearby pebble tray to keep the tiny leaves turning brown and dropping. The fern may dry out when it appears dead; however, outdoor springtime temperatures generally revive them.
Light Requirement – Partial shade. Must be placed in part sun to a shady location, out of direct sunlight. The plants can also thrive in office fluorescent lights.
Propagation – Dig up the crowns, divide and re-plant them. They can be grown from seeds, but this process takes extra time. Asparagus root crowns produce stems after one year.
Fertilization – Apply only organic fertilizer, or an application of 2 pounds of fertilizer per 100 square feet of the bed provides sufficient nutrition for the young plants. Use nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium balanced fertilizer, having a 10-10-10 or 15-15-15 blend.
General Tips – Needs regular watering during the early stages of growth. No severe pests attack the plant, and it's an easy-to-grow plant.
Common name(s): Asparagus, Foxtail Ferns, Bunny tails, Tail Asparagus, Shatavari
Bloom time: Summer