Terrarienpflanzen Asparagus setaceus

Terrarienpflanzen Asparagus setaceus

  • Feathery foliage
  • From tropical and subtropical regions
  • Versatile use
  • Easy to care for
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Description

This asparagus is a climbing plant that at first glance looks like a very finely feathered fern. Hence its common name "Asparagus fern", although it has nothing to do with ferns. Asparagus setaceus, also known as Asparagus plumosus and "A. plumosa", is native to forests in tropical and subtropical East and Southeast Africa, in areas with alternating wet and dry seasons. Green, wiry stems grow from a rhizome, twining several meters high with backward-facing thorns at the stem nodes. In older plants, new stems sprout from the ground at intervals of approx. 5 - 15 cm, sometimes more. The side branches are filigree branched in one plane and covered with very fine, leaf-like branches (cladodes) about 5 - 7 mm long and 0.1 mm wide. Small greenish-white bell-shaped flowers can appear at the ends of the branches. The Climbing asparagus is often supplied as a young plant around 10 - 15 cm high, the stems are then still very thin. Only with time do increasingly longer, stronger, climbing stems sprout.

This ornamental asparagus thrives in well-drained soil. The substrate should be kept slightly moist, but waterlogging should be avoided. Thanks to its strong rhizome and root system, the plant tolerates temporary drought and irregular watering. Once it is well established, it can be fed occasionally with a houseplant fertilizer. Asparagus setaceus is very temperature tolerant and can also overwinter at around 10 - 15 °C, but should then be kept drier. Long shoots can be pruned if you want to keep Asparagus as a bushy ground plant rather than a climber. Propagation is by rhizome division. Excessive spreading of the rhizome can be prevented by placing the plant in a pot in the terrarium or in the terrarium floor.

Asparagus setaceus can be used in many ways in terrariums and is an eye-catcher with its delicate, feathery, deep green fronds. As a young plant, the Climbing asparagus is suitable for small containers and can be kept bushy by pruning. With its upright green stems, it is reminiscent of a small bamboo grove. Older, free-growing plants form a thicket with their climbing stems on climbing aids such as branches and twigs. This asparagus species is suitable for humid to moderately dry, tropical terrariums that are warm all year round as well as subtropical terrariums that are kept cooler in winter.

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Asparagus setaceus
Cultivation Options Terrestrial; twining plant
Growth height Approx. 10 - 100 cm
Temperature Approx. 10 - 27 °C
Humidity At least about 50 %
Light Requirement Moderately bright (half shade) to bright, no direct midday sun if cultivated in daylight
Watering Regularly, allow the soil to dry slightly on the surface between waterings, avoid waterlogging; keep drier if overwintered in cool conditions
Fertilisation Every two weeks with diluted liquid fertiliser during the growing season
Propagation Division of the rhizome
Suitable for Various moderately humid tropical and subtropical terrariums
Cultivation Options
Terrestrial; twining plant
Growth height
Approx. 10 - 100 cm
Temperature
At least about 50 %
Humidity
At least about 50 %
Light Requirement
Moderately bright (half shade) to bright, no direct midday sun if cultivated in daylight
Watering
Regularly, allow the soil to dry slightly on the surface between waterings, avoid waterlogging; keep drier if overwintered in cool conditions
Fertilisation
Every two weeks with diluted liquid fertiliser during the growing season
Propagation
Division of the rhizome
Suitable for
Various moderately humid tropical and subtropical terrariums
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