Asparagus are plants that, if you don't know them well, you might think that they can only be outdoors. You will not lack reasons, since they need a lot of light to grow, and that is something that they cannot always have at home. But, what would you say if I told you that there are ornamental species, with few or no thorns, that can be used to decorate the house?
If you are in the Mediterranean, you may have seen asparagus plants that have so many thorns that they look like cacti, and it may seem strange to you that someone tells you that there are harmless varieties. It happened to me when I discovered them. But That is why I am going to tell you some of those species that even children can enjoy, and how to care for the asparagus plant indoors.
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What are the asparagus plants that can be kept indoors?
The asparagus plants that have a more ornamental than edible use, which are also the ones that are used to keep inside the house, are still quite unknown in the Old Continent. In fact, in Spain they are usually imported from the Netherlands, which is a country that produces many of the 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, since They are beautiful. Sight:
It is known as asparagus fern, since it has a certain similarity with that type of plant. The leaves are green, and sprout from semi-hanging stems which can measure up to a meter long. That is 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 magnificent.
El Asparagus falcatus It is a kind of climbing plant that, in a pot, stands at a height of 1-1,5 meters, but in reality it can exceed 3 meters if it is planted in the ground. When it is young, it does not present thorns, but you have to take into account that as it matures, it will have some on its stems. It tolerates pruning very well.
Asparagus setaceus (before Asparagus plumosus)
Known as feathery fern, is one of the species that grow as climbers. Its leaves are acicular 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 take care of an indoor asparagus plant?
Ornamental asparagus plants are ideal plants for those who are looking for low-maintenance species, as they are not demanding at all. But it is important to know your care so that surprises do not arise. So here I will tell you what they are:
Where to put it?
The asparagus plant that is grown indoors it needs to be in a room that gets lots and lots of natural light. This way your leaves will not lose color or firmness. But where exactly?
Well, it can be anywhere as long as there are no drafts, such as those generated by the fan or the air conditioner, since otherwise it would dry out.
Which pot to choose?
It must be one with drainage holes.. If we planted an asparagus in a pot without holes, being one that fears waterlogging, it would not last long. Therefore, you should choose one that has holes in its base so that the water can escape.
Likewise, it should be about 6-7 centimeters larger than the one you currently have. But beware: it will only be transplanted if roots come out of the holes in it, or if when we pull it out a little we see that the earthen bread does not crumble.
When to water it?
Irrigation will be done from time to time. Asparagus trees are resistant to drought, and if they are also inside the house, the soil remains moist longer than when it is outside, so it has to be watered occasionally.
Generally, during the summer we will water a couple of times a week, and the rest of the year once every seven days or even less if we 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 difference in weight is a good guide to when it's time to rehydrate your plant.
Does it have to be paid?
Yes of course. It is highly recommended. If it is fertilized regularly from spring to the end of summer, the asparagus plant will be healthier. Therefore, it will be paid with fertilizers, or if you want fertilizers, which are liquid, such as guano, or one specific for green plants like this one from here!.
But first of all, instructions for use should be read that are usually indicated on the back of the container, and follow them to the letter.
I hope that these tips will help you to have a beautiful asparagus plant indoors.