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Twice a monthPartial shadeDeer resistant
  • Unique Texture: The Foxtail fern, with its bushy plumes of needle-like leaves, adds a distinctive textural contrast to any garden space, making it an exceptional accent plant that can provide a lush, green backdrop or serve as a standout feature.
  • Easy Care: This resilient plant is incredibly low-maintenance, thriving in a variety of conditions and requiring minimal watering once established, making it an ideal choice for both novice and experienced gardeners seeking beauty without the labor-intensive care.
  • Versatile Planting: Adaptable to both container planting and ground cover, the Foxtail fern is perfect for adding greenery to patios, balconies, and garden beds, with its evergreen foliage offering year-round interest in a wide range of climates.

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Foxtail Fern, scientifically known as Asparagus densiflorus, is a striking perennial that adds a unique texture to gardens and landscapes. This plant is recognized for its arching plumes of needle-like leaves, resembling a fox's tail. With appropriate care, Foxtail Fern flourishes in various climates, serving as a superb choice for gardeners desiring to introduce an element of architectural beauty to their outdoor spaces.

Growth rate: Moderate grower that reaches 2-3 feet tall and wide at maturity.

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Pruning: The Foxtail Fern generally does not require heavy pruning. However, you can trim any discolored or damaged fronds to maintain its neat appearance.
Fertilization: Feed the Foxtail Fern with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season to provide it with essential nutrients for healthy growth.
Winter Protection: If you live in a colder region, protect the Foxtail Fern during winter by bringing it indoors or providing adequate mulch around its base to shield it from freezing temperatures.



To plant the Foxtail Fern, choose a location with partial to full shade, as it prefers indirect sunlight. It can also tolerate some morning sun, but avoid exposing it to intense afternoon sunlight. Plant it in well-draining soil and ensure proper spacing to allow each plant enough room to grow and flourish. Water the fern thoroughly after planting to help it establish its roots.

The Foxtail Fern prefers consistent moisture but does not like to sit in waterlogged soil. Water it regularly, allowing the top inch of the soil to dry between waterings. Keep in mind that this fern can tolerate short periods of drought, making it a relatively forgiving plant. As for sunlight, it thrives in partial to full shade, making it a great choice for areas with filtered or indirect sunlight.

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USDA GROW ZONE:

Zones 9-11

The Foxtail Fern is well-suited for USDA grow zones 9 to 11, where it can enjoy the warm temperatures and mild winters of these regions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Foxtail Ferns typically reach a height of about 2 to 3 feet and can spread up to 3 feet wide when grown under optimal conditions. However, the exact size of a Foxtail Fern can vary depending on factors such as growing conditions, care, and environment.

These ferns produce arching, densely packed fronds that resemble a fox's tail, giving them their distinctive appearance. While they are not particularly large plants compared to some other ornamental species, Foxtail Ferns can still make a significant impact in garden beds, borders, or container plantings, adding lush green foliage and texture to the landscape.

When planning the placement of Foxtail Ferns in your garden or landscape, consider their mature size and allow sufficient space for them to grow and spread. Providing adequate room for the plants to thrive will help prevent overcrowding and ensure optimal growth and appearance.

Foxtail Ferns have a moderate growth rate. Under optimal growing conditions, they can grow approximately 6 to 12 inches in height each year. However, the growth rate may vary depending on factors such as light, temperature, moisture, and soil conditions.

In general, Foxtail Ferns are not considered fast-growing plants compared to some other ornamental species. They tend to grow steadily but not aggressively, gradually increasing in size over time. With proper care and maintenance, including regular watering, adequate light, and occasional fertilization, you can encourage healthy growth and development in your Foxtail Ferns.

Taking care of a Foxtail Fern involves providing it with the right growing conditions and regular maintenance. Here are some tips for caring for your Foxtail Fern:

Light: Place the Foxtail Fern in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. While it can tolerate some shade, it prefers ample light to thrive indoors. Outdoors, provide filtered sunlight or dappled shade.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, and allow excess water to drain away. During hot weather or in dry indoor environments, you may need to water more frequently.

Humidity: Foxtail Ferns appreciate high humidity levels. Increase humidity around the plant by misting the foliage regularly or placing a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles beneath the pot.

Temperature: Maintain moderate temperatures between 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C). Protect the plant from drafts and sudden temperature changes, especially during winter.

Soil: Plant Foxtail Ferns in well-draining potting soil rich in organic matter. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.

Fertilizing: Feed the Foxtail Fern with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength during the growing season (spring and summer) to promote healthy growth. Reduce or stop fertilizing during the fall and winter months.

Pruning: Remove any yellow or brown fronds as they appear to keep the plant looking tidy. You can also trim back any leggy growth to encourage bushier growth.

Repotting: Repot Foxtail Ferns into slightly larger containers when they outgrow their current pots, typically every 2 to 3 years. Refresh the potting soil and ensure adequate drainage.

Pest and Disease Control: Monitor the plant for pests like spider mites or scale insects, and treat any infestations promptly. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal diseases.

By following these care tips, you can keep your Foxtail Fern healthy and thriving, whether grown indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in a garden or landscape setting.

The best place to plant Foxtail Ferns is in a location that provides the following conditions:

Light: Foxtail Ferns thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. While they can tolerate some shade, they prefer locations with ample light. Choose a spot with filtered sunlight or dappled shade, especially in regions with hot afternoon sun.

Temperature: Foxtail Ferns prefer moderate temperatures and can be grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11. They are sensitive to frost and freezing temperatures, so avoid planting them in areas prone to extreme cold or frost pockets.

Soil: Plant Foxtail Ferns in well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. They prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil pH. Amending the soil with compost or peat moss can improve drainage and fertility, creating an ideal growing environment for the ferns.

Moisture: Foxtail Ferns thrive in consistently moist soil. Ensure that the planting site has good moisture retention without becoming waterlogged. Mulching around the base of the plants can help retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth.

Protection: Choose a sheltered location that provides protection from strong winds, which can damage the delicate fronds of Foxtail Ferns. Planting them near a building, fence, or larger plants can offer some protection from wind exposure.

Space: Allow sufficient space for Foxtail Ferns to grow and spread. They have a moderate growth rate and can reach heights of up to 2 to 3 feet and spread up to 3 feet wide. Plant them with enough room to accommodate their mature size without overcrowding.

By selecting a suitable planting site that meets the above criteria, you can ensure that your Foxtail Ferns thrive and enhance the beauty of your garden or landscape.

Foxtail Ferns should be planted with enough space to allow for their mature size and spread. When planting multiple Foxtail Ferns, you should space them approximately 18 to 24 inches apart. This spacing allows each plant to have ample room to grow and spread without overcrowding.

Providing adequate spacing between Foxtail Ferns ensures that each plant receives sufficient sunlight, air circulation, and access to water and nutrients from the soil. It also helps prevent competition between plants for resources, reducing the risk of disease and promoting healthier growth.

Before planting, consider the mature size of Foxtail Ferns and plan accordingly to achieve the desired spacing between plants. Proper spacing will contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal and health of your garden or landscape.

Yes, Foxtail Fern can be grown as a houseplant, particularly in areas where outdoor temperatures drop below its tolerance levels or where outdoor growing conditions are not ideal. Here are some tips for growing Foxtail Fern as a houseplant:

Light: Place the Foxtail Fern in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. While it can tolerate some shade, it prefers ample light to thrive indoors.

Temperature: Foxtail Ferns prefer temperatures between 60°F to 75°F (15°C to 24°C). Avoid placing them near drafts or heating vents, as sudden temperature changes can stress the plant.

Humidity: Foxtail Ferns appreciate high humidity levels. You can increase humidity around the plant by placing a humidity tray filled with water and pebbles beneath the pot or by regularly misting the foliage.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water thoroughly when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch, and allow excess water to drain away.

Soil: Plant Foxtail Fern in well-draining potting soil rich in organic matter. A mix formulated for ferns or general-purpose potting mix works well.

Container: Choose a container with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Repot the Foxtail Fern into a slightly larger container when it outgrows its current pot.

Fertilizing: Feed the Foxtail Fern with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength during the growing season (spring and summer) to promote healthy growth. Reduce or stop fertilizing during the fall and winter months.

Pruning: Remove any yellow or brown fronds as they appear to keep the plant looking tidy. You can also trim back any leggy growth to encourage bushier growth.

By providing suitable growing conditions and proper care, Foxtail Fern can thrive as a houseplant, adding a touch of lush greenery to indoor spaces.

Yes, Foxtail Ferns are perennial plants, meaning they typically come back year after year when provided with suitable growing conditions. These ferns are known for their resilience and ability to survive and thrive for multiple growing seasons.

In temperate climates where Foxtail Ferns are hardy, they may remain evergreen throughout the year, providing foliage interest even in winter. However, in colder regions where temperatures drop below their tolerance levels, Foxtail Ferns may die back during the winter months but regrow from their rhizomes once temperatures warm up in spring.

With proper care, including regular watering, adequate light, and protection from freezing temperatures in colder regions, Foxtail Ferns can continue to return year after year, adding beauty and texture to gardens and landscapes. Additionally, periodic division and rejuvenation can help maintain the health and vigor of Foxtail Ferns over time.

Foxtail Ferns are generally tolerant of mild frost but can be damaged by freezing temperatures. In regions where temperatures occasionally drop below freezing, it's advisable to provide some protection to Foxtail Ferns during cold snaps. Here are some tips for protecting Foxtail Ferns from freezing temperatures:

Covering: When frost or freezing temperatures are forecasted, cover the Foxtail Ferns with a frost cloth, old blanket, or similar breathable material. Ensure that the covering reaches all the way to the ground and is secured in place to trap heat and protect the plant from cold winds.

Mulching: Apply a thick layer of mulch around the base of the Foxtail Ferns to insulate the soil and roots. This helps regulate soil temperature and provides additional protection against freezing.

Move Indoors: If possible, move potted Foxtail Ferns indoors or to a sheltered location, such as a garage or greenhouse, during periods of freezing weather. This provides them with extra protection from the cold and frost.

Watering: Water the Foxtail Ferns thoroughly before a freeze. Moist soil holds heat better than dry soil and can help protect the roots from freezing temperatures.

Pruning: Avoid pruning or cutting back the foliage of Foxtail Ferns before freezing weather. The foliage provides some protection to the plant, and cutting it back exposes more of the plant to potential frost damage.

Monitor Weather Conditions: Stay informed about weather forecasts and be prepared to take action to protect Foxtail Ferns when freezing temperatures are expected. Keep an eye on the plants during cold snaps and remove coverings once the threat of frost has passed.

By taking these precautions, you can help protect your Foxtail Ferns from freezing temperatures and minimize the risk of cold damage to the plants.

Yes, Foxtail Ferns can be divided to propagate new plants or rejuvenate older ones. Dividing the plant is typically done in spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. Here's how to divide a Foxtail Fern:

Prepare the Plant: Water the Foxtail Fern thoroughly a day or two before dividing to ensure the soil is moist. This makes it easier to remove the plant from its container or the ground.

Remove the Plant: Carefully remove the Foxtail Fern from its container or dig it up from the ground, being mindful of the root system.

Separate the Clumps: Gently separate the clumps of the Foxtail Fern by pulling them apart. You can use your hands or a clean, sharp knife or shovel to divide the plant into smaller sections. Each section should have its own set of roots and foliage.

Replant the Divisions: Plant each divided section into its own container or a prepared planting hole in the ground. Ensure that the soil is well-draining and that the plant is positioned at the same depth as it was previously.

Water and Care: Water the newly planted divisions thoroughly to help settle the soil around the roots. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged while the divisions establish themselves. Provide them with appropriate light conditions, such as bright, indirect sunlight.

Monitor Growth: Monitor the growth of the divided Foxtail Fern divisions and continue to provide them with proper care, including regular watering and fertilizing as needed.

By dividing your Foxtail Fern, you can propagate new plants to expand your garden or rejuvenate existing ones to promote healthier growth and vitality.

Yellowing of Foxtail Fern foliage can occur due to various reasons, including:

Overwatering or Underwatering: Both overwatering and underwatering can lead to yellowing of Foxtail Fern foliage. Ensure that the plant is receiving adequate moisture without being waterlogged. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings but avoid letting it dry out completely.

Poor Drainage: Foxtail Ferns prefer well-draining soil. If the soil retains too much water, it can lead to root rot, which manifests as yellowing foliage. Ensure that the plant is planted in well-draining soil or consider repotting if it's in a container with inadequate drainage.

Nutrient Deficiency: Yellowing foliage can also indicate a nutrient deficiency, particularly nitrogen. Consider fertilizing the plant with a balanced fertilizer specifically formulated for ferns to provide essential nutrients and promote healthy growth.

Lighting Conditions: Foxtail Ferns prefer bright, indirect light. If the plant is not receiving enough light, the foliage may turn yellow. Move the plant to a location with adequate sunlight, but avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the foliage.

Temperature Stress: Foxtail Ferns are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Exposure to cold drafts or temperatures below their preferred range can cause yellowing of the foliage. Ensure that the plant is placed in a location with stable temperatures, away from drafts or heaters.

Pests or Diseases: While relatively pest and disease resistant, Foxtail Ferns can occasionally be affected by pests such as spider mites or diseases such as fungal infections. Inspect the plant regularly for signs of pests or diseases and treat promptly if detected.

By addressing these potential issues and providing proper care, you can help restore the health and vibrancy of your Foxtail Fern and prevent further yellowing of the foliage.

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