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Foxtail Fern '"Asparagus Meyersii" | 15+ seeds | Houseplant

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Please find for sale 15+ fresh seeds of 
Asparagus Densiflorus Meyersii commonly known as the Foxtail Fern although that name is applied to several related species. It is a  is popular and easy to keep houseplants  adding an exotic touch to living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens! It is particularly suited
 for bathroom window sills where the frosted glass gives them the diffused light they like as well as the heat and humidity.



Seed Germination

  • Soak seeds in a cup of tap water for 24 hours. Do not allow to dry out before sowing.
  • Prepare compost mix - ideally a mix of  50% regular compost, 50% vermiculite (which I sell in the Accessories section of my eBay shop) 
  • Microwave a compost mix for 2 minutes to kill bacteria
  • Allow compost to cool
  • Water compost and wait 10 minutes for any excess to drain away
  • Fill small clean pots or trays with the compost mix
  • Make small holes using a pencil about 1/4 inch deep. 
  • Drop 2 seeds in each hole
  • Cover holes with compost
  • Asparagus ferns like warm temperatures (25C to 30C) and down to 20C at night to germinate optimally 
  • Ideally use a heat mat or heated propagator with trays covered with plastic or film but with air holes open). Nut any warm, bright indoor location out of direct sun should be fine.
  • Water carefully ensuring not to wet or dry - misting with a bottle works well.
  • Germination should take around 3 to 4 weeks 
  • If both seeds in a hole germinate, pinch out the weaker looking one.
  • Once germinated, Asparagus ferns prefer bright locations and love moist air  - so bathrooms and kitchens are popular.
  • Mist leaves with water regularly
  • Pot on as required, but always into a pot that is only slightly bigger than the previous one.
There are loads of guides out there on the internet that you might want to check out on how to keep these plants healthy and how to multiply them. 

Olly's General Guide to Seed Sowing!

I love sowing seeds and it runs in the family - dad, grandad and finally my great-grandad for whom the hobby helped him get over his experiences in the Great War. I still get a big kick when I see the first seedling poking through from a new plant that I have never sown before or been successful at. However, even the most experienced gardeners draw "blanks" from time to time. Whilst I sow all the seeds that I sell so I know that they are viable, some are trickier than others and problems can arise so here are some tips to make "blanks" few and far between:

1Don't Rush! Tempting though it is when that packet arrives in the post to simply bung the seeds in some compost!

2) Google and YouTube are your friends! Take some time so see the methods other people use to germinate the seed. 

3) Think Nature! What conditions do seeds face? For example a seed from a tropical plant will fall to the warm, wet and dark jungle floor. A seed from the mountains of Europe will fall to the floor in Autumn, then have to endure months of freezing temperatures before germinating in the spring. So as growers, what we are trying to do is to simulate the conditions that the seeds will naturally experience and there are plenty of tricks that can be done to short cut the processes somewhat.

4) Good compost pays dividends . The best investment you can make is to purchase three bags - one of potting compost, one of vermiculite and one of horticultural sand. With these three bags I can make up whatever soil type a particular seed likes (although for most seeds I find a 50/50 mix of compost and vermiculite works just fine) 

5) Rot is your enemy. The single biggest danger to seed germination is rot - either before germination or after "damping off" when the seeds germinate. To reduce the risk, ensure you have good free draining soil mix and that it is moist but not wet. The best investment you will make is a bottle of (very cheap) 4% hydrogen peroxide (mixed with water 1:4) - this disinfects and also encourages germination. Unless the seed variety absolutely requires it I prefer NOT to cover my seeds trays with plastic bags, Whilst germination is often faster this way, it greatly increases the risk of rot. I prefer to place my seed trans inside a watertight plastic tray and water from the bottom - airflow over the surface reduces the risk. The surface is kept moist as required by spraying with my water/peroxide mix (see above)

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