Asparagus Fern Care Guide

If you watched my new Beesly's Botanicals IGTV series where I track the houseplants on Pam Beesly's desk on the show The Office, you know that this is the plant on Pam's desk in S4E4! It is a gorgeous plant but not really ideal for a desk space like Pams, so let's break it down:


🪴 Common Name: Asparagus Fern

🔬Scientific Name: Asparagus setaceus (or more commonly Asparagus plumosa)


💚 Why we love it: It's light and feathery and beautiful, and full of contradictions: like how its common name labels it a fern but it's actually not! It really is a member of the Asparagus family!


☀️Light: Lots of bright, indirect light. Low light is the biggest mistake people make with this plant. Because its common name includes "fern" they assume they should care for it like one, and while you should keep the potting mix moist, it needs way more light than a fern. Keep in mind that it will also burn in direct light.

💧Watering: Keep the potting mix fairly moist, but not soggy. Do not water if the top of the potting mix is still moist to the touch. Do not let the potting mix dry out more than 1/4" or so.

☁️ Humidity: Prefers higher levels of humidity but can handle medium humidity.

🌡 Temperature: Keep it away from drafts and ideally in a temperature range of about 60-90.

🐱/🐶: While true ferns are pet safe, the Asparagus Fern (remember, not really a fern) is not!

🌱: This plant is not ideal for beginners. It's more of a "I've kept 3+ plants alive and watched all Mackenna's IGTV episodes" level. So not crazy hard or only for pros, just not the best first plant out there.