Asparagus virgatus / Broom Fern or Tiki Fern / Seeds

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Asparagus virgatus / Broom Fern or Tiki Fern / Seeds

One of the hardier Asparagus Ferns, forming a small bush of needle-like leaves, with small greenish-white flowers in summer.  The white flowers are followed by red berries in autumn, although plants are largely grown for their attractive foliage.  Plants grow to a height of 60-90cm, and are spineless, making them popular fillers for flower arrangements.  These make good outdoor plants for warmer gardens (they can withstand a light frost), and as indoor house plants.  The Broom Fern is used as a traditional medicine in Southern Africa.


The Broom Fern grows best and bushiest in bright light and well drained soil, and they will tolerate part shade.  Plants are drought tolerant once established.


Pack of 10 seeds.  Sow in spring to autumn.  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 Hardy to half hardy evergreen perennial
Flowers Summer
Height 60-90cm
Spread 60-90cm
Conditions  Grow in sun to light shade and well drained soil - protect from hard frosts
Sow

Sow in spring to autumn.  Soak the seeds for 24 hours in hand-hot water, then sow them in a deep seed tray or modules of damp seed compost.  Keep at 18-25C and germination takes 3-4 weeks (often up to 10 weeks).  Pot on when seedlings are large enough to handle and plant into pots or outside after the last frost.  

Grow

Water well, keep in good light and protect from hard frosts.  Trim old stems in spring.  Fertilize pot plants every three months.  Mature clumps can be divided, generally in spring or autumn.