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*The plant pictured is not necessarily the plant you will receive, but will be same size and shape.*
Common Name: Ming Fern, Ming Asparagus Fern, Pom-Pom Asparagus Fern, Zig-Zag Shrub
Scientific Name: Asparagus retrofractus
-Care Recommendations by The Dude-
Best for These Animals: Tropical and semi-tropical/temperate light weight frogs and lizards.
Bio Dude Substrates: TerraFlora, TerraFauna, TerraFirma
Soil Depth: All soil depths with proper drainage.
Lighting: Low to medium, or bright indirect light. Placement under a heating or basking light may cause foliage to burn.
Humidity & Misting: 40%-100% suggested.
Mature Plant Size & Root System: Though not a “true” fern, as it has small white flowers (true ferns don’t flower and instead propagate using spores), it has fern-like clusters of soft, willowy, thin foliage, resembling a pom-pom. It is really a type of asparagus fern, and thus, has a shallow fibrous root system that spreads outwards and can contain small “nodules”. It can propagate along the root system, and, if the root system is not thinned out, it can be become invasive.
Mature plants can reach several feet in height, but can be pruned back. Please note that it can develop bristly, thorn-like needles, especially near the base. Though reptiles and amphibians have no trouble avoiding them (and, indeed, may hide amongst them as a form of protection), they can irritate human skin if you don’t wear gloves.
Temperature Tolerance & Placement in the Terrarium: Too high temperatures/low humidity may cause leaves to brown. Plants can reach a height of several feet, and root systems can be become invasive if not thinned out.
Edible & Side Effects if Ingested: Like most members of the lily family, it can be toxic if consumed by humans, cats, or dogs. Any berries produced can also be toxic. It is not commonly consumed by reptiles and amphibians.
Pot Size & Packaging: A single 4" potted Ming Fern is shipped wrapped in packing paper.