January 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm #251093
I have purchased asparagus crowns (last year) and planted them in a bathtub to keep them under control and in this their first growing season I am a little baffled as to what I should be doing with regards the spears that are coming up. The spears are thin and short and I cut the first few back thinking they would continue to grow another but that doesn’t seem the case ( the cut end just remains. no further growth) and then I let some grow on thinking that might produce more spears but they grow through to bushy feathery bits (can’t think of a better description). Is there somethng I am missing or is it growing seasons that are required? I am a bit mystified…
Thanks for your help in advance:tup:January 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm #450241
You generally let them do their own thing for the first year, and then harvest only lightly in the second year, gradually harvesting more as time goes by.
At the beginning of spring you’ll get spears coming up, these are the ones that are harvested for eating. After about two weeks (depending on age of plantation) you stop harvesting and let the spears grow up into the feathery tops.
Asparagus grows from underground crowns, the ones you cut off are gone, but the crown, if healthy, will throw out new buds and then branches. These need to be left to grow after the short harvest so that the plant gets enough energy to provide spears for next year.
At the end of autumn the tops will die off, you can remove those and then should heavily manure the bed ready for the next season.January 12, 2010 at 1:23 am #450242
Thanks Geoff! I like your ‘title’ of Super Administrator. This answers all my questions. I have only cut a few spears so no big loss. Great to hear we are on the whole doing the right thing by the asparagus! Will be sure to manure up the bed come Autumn. Bit of a long term project but well woth the effort I am sure!!
Ever so grateful :tup:January 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm #450243
Behold the “Super Administrator”,:hug: heed his words of wisdom, do as he decrees :jawdrop: or face eternal damnation 😡 😡 and no more asparagus spears :(:(:(January 17, 2010 at 5:26 am #450244
For what it’s worth, I planted my asparagus back in August and they are absolutely thriving. I have given them manure and mulch and they seem to be doing really well. I can see how it was hard to resist the urge to pick them, as I’ve struggled myself. Most other vegies you grow, are eaten within 5 months (maximum, pretty much) but asparagus, because they do take so much longer, are very hard in terms of having to wait. But I do believe the wait will be worth it!
All the best with it!January 18, 2010 at 6:06 am #450245
IT IS WORTH THE WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Look after the little beggars in the first couple of years and they will reward you for the next 25 years. Tru :tup::tup::tup::tup:January 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm #450246
I planted mine in what I thought was the perfect location: deep, rich loam; a semi shaded spot; lots of compost. But they’re in a spot that’s hard to water & they’ve never done well as a result. They seem to need a fair bit of water.
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