I want to buy two or three foxtail ferns and I don`t know where to get them in Cincinnati or if I should order them from someone.
The Gardener’s Answer
Hi, Jeanie in Ohio: Foxtail ferns (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Meyersii’) is a tropical fern for those of us not gardening in hardiness zones 9 and above. The foxtail fern does produce white blooms that eventually turn into red berries, but it is mainly grown for its fronds that resemble fox tails, hence the name. It is elated to the vegetable asparagus as well as the asparagus fern, but the foliage is quite different. Technically they are not ferns because they do not produce spores but this is how they are commonly known. This plant will thrive in full sun to part shade and can be successfully over-wintered indoors. It can reach 2 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide at maturity. It prefers to grow in evenly moist, well-drained soil. The soil should never be sopping wet so make sure you allow it to dry out before adding any additional moisture. As for locating this plant it is pretty commonly found in garden centers/nurseries this time of the year. You may just call around or visit your favorite local stores and see if they have them in stock. If not you can ask if they could special order them for you. Anyone who carries tropical plants should have a resource for these ferns. You will probably have better luck with the smaller garden centers that are locally owned in terms of special orders.