Rooting asparagus fern

Gardener972(7b-8a DFW)April 4, 2009

Is it possible to root asparagus fern stems in water?

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I have to ask. Why? It will take over a garden if given a chance. Those seeds seem to have a 200% germination rate!
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 6:37PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I really don't know, as Tally pointed out, some of us have no reason to try rooting it. But give it a shot, what have you got to lose.

It is not supposed to be hardy out side zones 9 & 10. I don't recall seeing it growing when I lived in other places.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 7:20PM
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trsinc(8 TX)

I live in zone 8, and have had 18 of them in ground for 3 or 4 years now. I know a lady in SA who grows one in a large pot that stays outside year round as well. She's had that thing a good 10 years at least. Sometimes the foliage freezes and dies back but they always come back - so far.

I just read recently on the propagation forum that they won't root from cuttings. I believe it was division and seed only.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 8:51PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

I am in North Texas, and have them inground. They are not invasive at all for me though I do have a few that come up from reseeding. I have always found a home for them up here. They have their place in the garden, especially when they get frozen back and are not invasive.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2009 at 11:01AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

Mine in 7B come back from the roots also, but I have not seen any reseeding. Could be because I mulch a lot. I have tried the low-tech method of sticking broken bits in the soil, but none have rooted yet.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 10:05AM
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I gotta give 'em bonus points, they survived being Iked. Very few dead ones. And they are sprouting everywhere now.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 12:36PM
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Have you looked at the roots and all those tubers strung out all over from one end of the root to the other? They do just as well as the tuber above ground.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 7:45PM
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I unpot mine and take a spade to it, dividing the roots into 4 parts each spring.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 8:35PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I have to take a saw to mine to divide them!

BTW, I love asparagus fern; in pots, planters, and in the ground too.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2009 at 10:39PM
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A big serrated knife or a machete works too.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 8:32AM
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You know I had forgotten the days where I took a serrated knife to mine but I did it all the time. The roots will push out all dirt by the end of the summer if you keep them in pots as I did. I don't think you could kill it if you tried! I do like them in pots hanging on the porch - they can take the heat we have in Houston.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2009 at 1:13PM
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