This story is about a small shelf in my guest bedroom, where my ornamental asparagus plant sat.
I have owned this asparagus fern (botanical name:Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’) for twenty two years now. It requires very low maintenance. This does not mean I could have ignored it, but that is exactly what happened. Through the winter months last year, I forgot to water it and today I noticed the brown leaves and dry branches.
I removed the pot from the shelf and I couldn’t believe it. How could this have happened?
I got to work- I had to salvage the plant and find out if I could save any of it.
There were so many dry branches- they had to be chopped off, they had to go.
I grasped the main stem of the plant and was easily able to pull it out of the pot. I could see the bone dry clump of roots. I was now losing hope.
And then I discovered a dozen fine needles or leaves.
I have cleaned what is left of the original plant and re-potted it .
I watered and put this plant in an easily accessible spot where I can water it every few days and keep an eye on it. At the end of this summer, I hope to update you about my Asparagus Fern.
This fern and a few other plants were given to me by my friend Hedi twenty- two years ago, when I moved to the US and lived alone in an apartment.
Hedi and I
Hedi passed away a few years ago. Hedi believed these plants would be waiting for me when I went back to my apartment after I finished working. I believe she was right.
Hedi and I
These are the other plants that Hedi had given me and are doing perfectly well.
I visualize my asparagus fern as growing back again with its feathery light foliage and me fussing over its needles and rearranging its branches. If I could describe this in one word, it would be ‘hope’.
The re-potted asparagus fern.