Can I Cut My Asparagus Ferns Down?


Asparagus ferns are used for house plants, bedding and florist greenery. A number of species of asparagus fern; such as sprengeri, foxtail and plumose; grow in gardens or pots. Asparagus ferns are low-maintenance plants.


  • The asparagus fern is a member of the lily family and a relative of the green vegetable. The asparagus officinalis pseudoscaber has the appearance of asparagus stalks when it emerges from the ground in springtime. It is a tall, airy plant for a flower bed. Pieces of the feathery sprengeri fern are cut from the plant and are used in floral arrangements.


  • The sprengeri foxtail fern grows in gardens and containers. Prune away only the old and dead fronds from the base of the plant. Do not cut back the entire planet.


  • The plumosa asparagus fern has very sharp thorns on its thin, vine-like fronds. If a frond grows too long for the area where the houseplant is kept, it can be cut from the main plant. Keep the dead fronds trimmed away from the plant for a neat appearance.

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