Ming Fern

1 entry found.
Ming Fern
Common Name: Ming Fern
Botanical Name: Asparagus retrofractus (A. macowanii) (as-PAIR-a-gus re-tro-FRAC-tus)
Decorative Life: About 21-28 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Recutting stems is very important for this species. Prior to combining with other flowers and greens, store and display this species in water as the sugar found in most fresh flower food may promote leaf yellowing. Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into water plus regular household bleach at 20 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per quart. Treat with a spray or dip designed and proven to reduce water loss and/or extend life. Misting with water may also be helpful.
  • Leaf yellowing and leaf drop are of concern, especially if this species is stored too long and/or allowed to dry out.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Liliaceae (lily) family.
  • Native to South Africa.
  • Family relatives include daylily, hyacinth, tulip, aloe, lily-of-the-valley, star lily, desert-candle, and poker-plant (torch-flower).
  • Has tufts of fine, feathery foliage along stems.
  • Stems to 16 inches, classed as a monocotyledon, leaves mostly parallel veined.
  • Plant is a herbaceous perennial from tuberous roots.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Storage Specifics: 36-41 F
  • Not a true fern.
  • With over 3000 species, the lily family includes many medicinal and food species in addition to ornamental species.
Recent Findings: Fujino et al. (1981) showed that vaselife was increased from about 10 to 26 days in water simply by recutting the stems.