Sprenger's asparagus

A pretty rare species - but pretty indeed.
Common name : Sprenger's asparagus
Scientific name : Asparagus sprengeri
Family : Asparagaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Asparagus aethiopicus is a branching perennial herb with tough green aerial stems which are sparsely covered with spines. The leaves are actually leaf-like cladodes, 0.8–2 cm long and 0.1-0.2 cm wide, arising in groups of four or more from the stem. Occurring in spring, the small white or pinkish-white flowers are 0.3-0.5 cm long and arise in clusters off the stem. The root system is a mat of fibrous roots with bulbous tubers, from which plants may resprout. Asparagus aethiopicus is considered an invasive weed in many locations.

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 10a
Height 50 - 100
pH 6 - 7

Plant my sprenger's asparagus

This plant likes warm, dry climates, asparagus thrives in light, in rich soil, regularly watered. Warning: avoid placing it right behind a window facing south, the direct exposure could burn it. Therefore prefer the proximity of a window facing west to bathe it in brightness. Plant it in a mixture of compost and potting soil, in a large pot. Place a layer of clay balls or gravel at the bottom of the pot.

Water my sprenger's asparagus

Asparagus likes moisture, water regularly and keep the soil always damp. To clean the leaves, mist them with non-calcareous water, otherwise a film will form on them. During the growing season (spring, summer), watering must be regular - about twice a week. In the fall, gradually space the waterings until winter when a simple input of water twice a month should suffice.

Spray my sprenger's asparagus

In dry weather, spray your plant with soft water, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful and you will protect it from red spiders - its main enemy!

Fertilize my sprenger's asparagus

In the summer, use every 2 weeks a liquid fertilizer like some compost juices. In winter, the inputs can be stopped.

Repot my sprenger's asparagus

At the end of winter each year, transplant your asparagus in a pot slightly larger than it's current, with a mixture of garden soil and potting soil.

Check on my sprenger's asparagus

Watch out for two things: the presence of mealybugs or red spiders. If you see red spiders on the leaves, it is probably because the atmosphere is too dry, spray them regularly with non-calcareous water. For mealybugs, you can spot them if you see small white flakes in the foliage. You can dislodge them with black soap if they really proliferate a lot.

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