why is my asparagus fern turning yellow

As soon as new growth begins in early spring, begin feeding your Asparagus every 3-4 weeks,
using a soluble (liquid) all-purpose fertilizer. Continue with this feeding schedule until growth slows in the fall. Asparagus Ferns develop large tuberous roots and can become potbound in a relatively short period of time. They will often put out more growth and flowers after they become rootbound but will dry out far quicker and will need more frequent watering or thorough drenchings. It is a good idea to in the spring before new growth begins, every 3 to 4 years. Under proper conditions, Asparagus Ferns will produce lots of vigorous, evergreen growth at all times of the year. If pruning becomes necessary, it is best to cut entire stems back to the base of the plant rather than just shortening them. Asparagus Ferns enjoy spending the summer outdoors in the shade of a tree, but the transition from outside to an inside environment can be quite traumatic for many plants, depending on the degree of change in light and temperature. Acclimatize them gradually from one environment to the next over a 2-3 week span.


Be sure to BEFORE bringing them back indoors, and regularly thereafter. Asparagus Ferns are very prone to and. If an infestation has gotten out of control, you can cut off all of the stems back to the soil line and discard the infested foliage. New stems will then grow back from the bulbs. Asparagus ferns can develop yellow needles for many different reasons, including a change in light, rapid temperature change, over watering, under watering, and spider mites. New growth will usually quickly resume as soon as the is resolved. Common Name: Scientific Name: Lighting: Watering: The Asparagus Fern is characterized by bushy, delicate lacy like foliage that looks very similar to asparagus, thus the name. It has trailing / climbing like stems radiating from the center. The Asparagus Fern is actually not a fern at all. It is an asparagus, therefore unlike other ferns; the Asparagus Fern prefers bright light and occasional dryness. This fern will look its best when used in a cascading appearance or hanging basket.


The Asparagus Fern prefers bright light however will tolerate lower light levels. Keep in mind that in lower light environments, this fern will not grow as well so new growth will be limited. Aim to keep near a window providing bright light, but it can be filtered light. The Asparagus Fern prefers low to moderate water levels. If your fern begins to drop needles, it may not be receiving enough water. Yellowing of the foliage can signal under watering as well. Aim to keep the soil semi moist allowing to somewhat dry in-between watering, but not completely. Keep in mind, that even after you have corrected the watering schedule, the yellowing foliage will not turn green again, so you may prune those fronds out. This fern is also if eaten, so please use caution around children and pets. This house plant can be split however you may need an axe. The root ball of this house plant can be a woody ball, therefore tough to break. You will need to trim / prune this plant in order to keep it under control and looking its best.

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