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How to prune FOXTAIL FERNS


Todd Farber, Aggie Horticulturist + Expert Landscaper



Sharpen pruning shears  (if needed)

Clean pruning shears- Clean your pruning shears with rubbing alcohol.

Have a wheelbarrow nearby for debris you cut off.


Identify Dead or Yellow Foliage on your foxtails

Remove these to improve the overall appearance of the plant.


Cut at the Base- Trim the dead or unwanted fronds at the base of the plant, near the soil level.

Make the cut just above the soil surface.

Make clean cuts at a 45-degree angle.

Thin Out-  If the foxtail fern is too dense, you can thin it out by selectively removing some of the older or crowded fronds. This helps improve air circulation and sunlight penetration

Remember to water the plant well after pruning to help it recover.

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Garden Guy’s Closing Thoughts

Shaping foxtail ferns -If you want to shape the foxtail fern, prune the outer fronds to maintain the desired form. Make cuts just above the nodes where leaves attach to the stem.

Regular maintenance of foxtail ferns pruning helps keep the foxtail fern healthy and aesthetically pleasing.

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Extra information for plant 🤓

Foxtail ferns, scientifically known as Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii,’ are popular ornamental plants known for their unique appearance.

Here’s some information about foxtail ferns:

Appearance- The foxtail fern has feathery, needle-like foliage that resembles a fox’s tail, hence its name. The bright green, upright stems give it a distinctive and attractive look.

Botanical Classification-  It belongs to the Asparagaceae family and is not a true fern but rather a member of the asparagus family.

Hardiness- Foxtail ferns are generally hardy and adaptable. They thrive in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11.

Growing Conditions- They prefer well-draining soil and can tolerate a variety of light conditions, from full sun to partial shade. However, they tend to perform best in bright, indirect light.

Watering- These plants are relatively drought-tolerant once established. Allow the soil to dry out between watering to prevent over watering.

Pruning-  Regular pruning helps maintain the plant’s shape and remove dead or yellowing fronds. It’s typically done close to the soil level.

Propagation- Foxtail ferns can be propagated through division. When dividing, separate the rhizomes and replant them.

Use in Landscaping- Foxtail ferns are often used in landscaping as ornamental plants in borders, containers, or hanging baskets. Their unique texture adds visual interest to gardens.

Maintenance- Low-maintenance overall, foxtail ferns benefit from occasional fertilization during the growing season. Remember that while foxtail ferns are generally considered non-toxic, it’s always a good practice to keep plants away from pets and small children.

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