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How to Plant Asparagus, Plant Asparagus Roots | Enhanced Garden&Life

Updated: Apr 13, 2021



I'm excited this morning! Finally what I've been waiting for over the long winter months, ASPARAGUS!! I know you're like me. You can't wait to harvest that fresh asparagus and make a yummy dish with it, but growing vegetables takes patience. Growing asparagus can be a challenge if you don't know what to plant and how to do it. The great news is that with the correct information, growing this delicious vegetable becomes more manageable for even novice gardeners. The key to success in growing this delightful vegetable is patience. This blog post covers how to plant asparagus and a few other helpful tips.

Asparagus Location

Steps to delicious and fresh asparagus

Start by choosing the correct location. The location should have at least eight sun hours with fertile and well-draining soil. Once you have an area that you know will work, then order your asparagus roots. After you receive them or pick them up at the store, planting them soon is imperative, so they don't break dormancy before you plant them. They should not break dormancy rapidly, so planting them in the cool ground quickly will prevent that from happening. Planting in the cool ground will bring them out of dormancy slowly.

Asparagus Planting

Dig a deep hole almost that is almost the diameter of the roots. The whole diameter doesn't have to be very accurate but close. Spread the roots and evenly as you place the asparagus into the ground. Push the plant down so that the crown is one to two inches below the soil surface. The crown is the top where all the roots come together. This should be facing upward when placing the asparagus into the ground. The crown is very temperamental, so be sure to plant at least one inch below the soil's surface. Be sure to mark the area so you don't walk over the asparagus because if you step on the crown, it could kill the plant. Plant spacing should be more than one foot apart.

Asparagus Watering

After the asparagus is covered, then it needs to be watered. Watering will help establish the asparagus and settle the soil around the roots, so there are no air gaps.

After I had finished these steps, in my garden, I mulched over the asparagus with wood chips, as seen in the photo below.

Asparagus Harvest

BE PATIENT! Harvesting your asparagus the first year could cause death to the plant. Your asparagus can live up to forty years, so have patients. You may need to wait until the third year to harvest. Don't harvest until the Asparagus spears are thicker than a pencil.





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