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Ming Fern

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  • Produces small white flowers among its soft light green foliage
  • Matures to 12-18" W x 10-16" W
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 9 - 11
  • Plant in full sun to part shade
Pot size

Description

The Ming fern (asparagus retrofractus) is an evergreen perennial, shubby herb that can be found in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Although called a fern, like our Foxtail, neither are actually ferns. The Ming and Foxtail fern alike are both members of the lily family and are both reproduced by seeds and not spores like true ferns. Typically, the Ming grows to a mature size of 12-18 inches x 10-16 inches. The Ming fern will bloom producing small white flowers, but they are often hidden from sight within the dark to light green foliage.

Ming Fern Care

The Ming makes for both a wonderful indoor plant and outdoor plant alike. It has become a popular choice with both new and old gardeners alike for their ability to thrive without excessive maintenance and for the year-round interest the evergreen foliage provides. The Ming fern has become a popular bonsai option! The woody green stems and vibrant emerald green shrubbery make it a top choice for ornamental growth.

The Asparagus fern is a perennial evergreen that is capable of healthy growth in USDA zones 9 - 11. If you find yourself outside of these zones Ming ferns can be planted in containers and live indoors without issue. Like most ferns that are easy to grow and maintain.

Prefers part shade but will tolerate early morning and late evening sunlight. Perennial evergreen that is capable of healthy growth in USDA zones 9 - 11. If you find yourself outside of these zones Ming ferns can be planted in containers and live indoors without issue. Like most ferns that are easy to grow and maintain. Water before placing into ground or pot and water 1-2 weekly until established. The Ming fern is quite water wise and ok to water occasionally as needed once it has been established.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Ming Fern Spacing Recommendations

We recommend spacing the Ming fern 1-2 ft to provide a thick ground cover. If you would prefer more space between plants, it is recommended
to space them no less than 2.5ft apart.

  • Scientific Name
    Asparagus macowanii
  • Hardiness Zone
    9, 10, 11
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Evergreen
  • Features
    Weeping Habit
  • Feature Color
    Green
  • Uses
    Houseplant, Container
  • Water Needs
    Water-Wise
  • Bloom Season
    None

Growing Zones : 9, 10, and 11

Map of USDA Zones 9-11

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Ming Fern

$17.99

The Ming fern (asparagus retrofractus) is an evergreen perennial, shubby herb that can be found in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Although called a fern, like our Foxtail, neither are actually ferns. The Ming and Foxtail fern alike are both members of the lily family and are both reproduced by seeds and not spores like true ferns. Typically, the Ming grows to a mature size of 12-18 inches x 10-16 inches. The Ming fern will bloom producing small white flowers, but they are often hidden from sight within the dark to light green foliage.

Ming Fern Care

The Ming makes for both a wonderful indoor plant and outdoor plant alike. It has become a popular choice with both new and old gardeners alike for their ability to thrive without excessive maintenance and for the year-round interest the evergreen foliage provides. The Ming fern has become a popular bonsai option! The woody green stems and vibrant emerald green shrubbery make it a top choice for ornamental growth.

The Asparagus fern is a perennial evergreen that is capable of healthy growth in USDA zones 9 - 11. If you find yourself outside of these zones Ming ferns can be planted in containers and live indoors without issue. Like most ferns that are easy to grow and maintain.

Prefers part shade but will tolerate early morning and late evening sunlight. Perennial evergreen that is capable of healthy growth in USDA zones 9 - 11. If you find yourself outside of these zones Ming ferns can be planted in containers and live indoors without issue. Like most ferns that are easy to grow and maintain. Water before placing into ground or pot and water 1-2 weekly until established. The Ming fern is quite water wise and ok to water occasionally as needed once it has been established.

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
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