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Asparagus densiflorus is part of the Asparagaceae family and its native range is Mozambique (Inhaca Islands) to S. Africa. It is a perennial and grows primarily in the subtropical biome.
This plant is noted for its dense, fern-like foliage although it isn’t a fern but a member of the asparagus family. In its’ native environment it grows primarily in rocky, open woods and savanna thickets. The semi-stiff stems are arched and covered in linear needle-like cladodes (flattened stems with leaf function), they also contain small thorns so be mindful when touching this plant.
You can pinch back stem tips to promote dense foliage growth, you can also cut stems back close to the soil to regenerate.
Genus name comes from the Greek asparagos for the cultivated asparagus. The specific epithet refers to how the flowers are arranged in a dense fashion along the stem.
Pot: ø 17cm.
Foliage: Approximately 25cm.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive. Asparagus densiflorus tend to yellow if they are receiving too much light and foliage will turn a lighter green if they aren’t receiving ample light.
Water: Asparagus densiflorus prefer evenly moist soil, providing that the plant is receiving adequate light, water when the top inch of mix has dried out. Before watering, aerate the potting mix with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes. It is also noted that this plant can be fairly drought tolerant.
Potting mix: A rich, well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant each to every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Humidity: This plant would prefer higher humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Asparagus densiflorus is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.