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Foxtail Fern Care


Foxtail ferns are not really ferns, as they’re multiplied from seeds and produce no spores. The common name likely came from the clumping habit of the plant that is similar to that of a fern. 

Foxtail asparagus ferns have an unusual, symmetrical look. These fern-like plants have arching plumes of tightly packed, needle-like leaves that look soft and delicate. Foxtail fern plants bloom with white flowers and produce red berries. The plants appear fragile and may cause gardeners to shy away from them, expecting difficult and extensive care of foxtail fern. 

Don’t let the appearance deceive you, however. In reality, foxtail ferns are tough and hardy specimens, flourishing with limited care. Foxtail fern plants are drought resistant once established. Learning how to take care of a foxtail fern is far from difficult.

Below are some tips and tricks to best care for your Foxtail Fern! 

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Light: Bright, indirect light. A brightly lit spot without direct sunshine is suggested. A small amount of morning sun is not a problem, and will actually help your fern to grow well. Ferns do very well in low light conditions.

Water: 3-4 days. Ferns love to remain moist at all times and never want to dry out.  Drainage is recommended to prevent the soil from becoming water-logged.

Fertilizer: If you feel the need to, you can use a balanced houseplant fertilizer once a month, or every other week in the summer.  Fertilizing is only truly necessary if the soil conditions are poor.


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