Asparagus fern is a genus of the 'Asparagaceae' family and there are over 300 species known to date. The most well known asparagus is the edible variety called Asparagus Officinalis - all other varieties are ornimental plants.
In floristry, asparagus fern is an important ingredient and is widely used in wedding flowers. There are quite a few commercially grown varieties that are specifically produced for the wholesale cut flower market - the most well known being 'asparagus setaceus', commonly known as 'button hole fern'.
In the wholesale flower markets asparagus fern is sold differently, depending on the variety. For example: Asparagus Sprengerii is sold by the weighted bunch, (normally two at a time). Asparagus Setaceus is available in two stem lengths: 45cm & 70cm and there are 50 stems per bunch. Asparagus Treefern is sold by the weighted bunch. Asparagus Umbellatus, (Ming Fern), is available in two stem lengths: 60cm & 80cm and there are 10 stems per bunch. Asparagus Smilax is sold by the weighted bunch.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut asparagus fern please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the asparagus fern in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut foliage in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit may harm most foliages). Keep the asparagus fern in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.