Asparagus falcatus / Forest Asparagus or Sickle Thorn / Seeds

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Asparagus falcatus / Forest Asparagus or Sickle Thorn / Seeds

A branched shrub with glossy, dark green leaves and sweet-smelling white flowers in summer.  These plants are mostly grown for their attractive evergreen leaves, held on slender woody branches, making good houseplants and fillers for flower arrangements. There are attractive red berries in winter.  Plants naturally grow to a height of 2-3m,sometimes twining up to 5m outside in a warm garden, but smaller when contained by a colder climate and growing in a pot indoors.  These are traditional medicinal plants.


Forest Asparagus grows in light shade and moist humous-rich soils.  Indoors, place the plant in bright indirect sunlight.  Do not over-water.  Plants are fast growing.  In warm Mediterranean gardens, the plants willc limb up a fence or pergola, using small thorns on the stems as attachments.


Pack of 10 seeds.  Sow in spring and summer . Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

 

Caution: The berries are mildly toxic.  Plants can be invasive if grown outdoors in Mediterranean climates.


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Hardiness Half hardy evergreen perennial (RHS Hardines H1c)
Flowers Summer
Height 2-3m in pots, up to 5m outdoors in warmer climates
Spread 50 -80cm
Conditions  Grow in light shade and rich well-watered soil protect from hard frost
Sow

Sow in spring to autumn.  Soak the seeds overnight in warm water and scarify (lightly scratch) the seeds before sowing to aid germination.  Then sow in a deep seed tray or modules in damp seed compost.  Keep at 18- 25C and germination takes 2-4 weeks (sometimes longer).  Pot on when seedlings are large enough to handle and plant into pots or outside after the last frost.  

Grow

Plants grow slowly at first from seed, then speed up once established.  Grow in bright indirect light and protect from hard frosts.  Trim old stems in spring, removing each stem at the base.  Fertilize pot plants every three months.  Mature clumps can be divided, generally in spring or autumn. Repot house plants regularly and trim back the roots before repotting.