Asparagus are plants that, if you don’t know them well, might think they can only be outdoors. You will not lack reasons, since they need a lot of light to grow, and that’s something they can’t always have at home. But, what would you say if I told you that there are ornamental species, with little or no thorns, which can be used to decorate the house?
If you’re in the Mediterranean, you might have seen asparagus plants that have so many thorns they look like cacti, and it might seem strange to you that someone would tell you that there are harmless varieties. . It happened to me when I discovered them. But That’s why I’m going to tell you about some of these species that even children can enjoy and how to take care of the asparagus plant indoors..
Which asparagus plants can be kept indoors?
Asparagus plants, which have a more ornamental than edible use, which are also those that are kept inside the house, are still relatively unknown on the Old Continent. In fact, in Spain they are usually imported from the Netherlands, a country that produces many indoor plants that we Europeans later want to enjoy in our homes.
But it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they became very popular, being able to be found in neighborhood nurseries and plant stores, because They are beautiful. Watch:
It is known as asparagus fern because it resembles this type of plant. The leaves are green and grow from semi-drooping stems that can be up to a meter long. That’s why I recommend having it in pots on small furniture where you can only have one plant, because that way it will stand out a lot and it will look beautiful.
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the Asparagus falcatus It is a kind of climbing plant which, in a pot, stands at a height of 1 to 1.5 meters, but in reality it can exceed 3 meters if planted in the ground. When young, it does not present thorns, but it must be taken into account that as it ages, it will have some on its stems. It supports the pruning very well.
asparagus silk (before feathery asparagus)
Known as the feathery fern, it is one of the species that grow as climbers. Its leaves are needle-like and flat, so it could be confused with a fern, hence its common name. It can reach an approximate height of 1 meter, and in addition, it produces white flowers.Although they are small, they are showy.
How to maintain an indoor asparagus plant?
Ornamental asparagus plants are ideal plants for those looking for low maintenance species, as they are not demanding at all. But it is important to know your care so that there are no surprises. So here I will tell you what they are:
Where to put it?
The asparagus plant grown indoors it should be in a room that gets plenty of natural light. This way, your leaves won’t lose their color or firmness. But where exactly?
Good, it can be anywhere as long as there are no draftssuch as those generated by fan or air conditioner, otherwise it will dry out.
Which pot to choose?
It must be one with drainage holes.. If one planted an asparagus in a pot without holes, being one who fears waterlogging, it would not last long. Therefore, you should choose one that has holes in its base for water to escape.
Besides, it should be about 6-7 centimeters larger than the one you currently have. But be careful: it will only be transplanted if roots come out of the holes in it, or if, by removing it a little, you can see that the bread of earth does not crumble.
It is recommended to make the first change upon purchase, as nurseries usually sell them rooted. You have to put universal crop land, like these: Flower, Fertiberia, BioBizz.
When to water it?
Irrigation will be done from time to time. Asparagus is resistant to drought, and if it is also inside the house, the soil stays moist longer than outside, so it must be watered from time to time.
In fgeneral, during the summer we water twice a week and the rest of the year once every seven days or even less if you see that the earth is still wet.
If doubts arise, a very simple trick to know if it needs water or not is to take the pot as soon as you water it, and again after a few days.
Dry soil weighs much less than freshly watered soil, so this weight difference is a good guide to when it’s time to rehydrate your plant.
Do you have to pay?
Yes of course. It is highly recommended. If fertilized regularly from spring to late summer, the asparagus plant will be healthier. For this reason it will be paid with fertilizers, or if you want liquid fertilizers, like guano, or a specific for green plants like this here.
But above all, instructions for use should be read which are usually indicated on the back of the container and follow them to the letter.
Hope these tips help you have a great indoor asparagus plant.