Harvesting Asparagus

This is what you have been waiting for harvesting asparagus time!

Hang on, Slow down, are you sure? is it time yet? The last thing you want to do after spending all that time making sure you know how to grow asparagus is to start harvesting asparagus at the wrong time, cut too many asparagus spears and weaken you asparagus bed for years to come. So lets think about how to harvest asparagus. Advice seems to vary but there is a common theme. You must not harvest too much too soon or you will weaken your plants.

Year 0 - seed planting (if you started this way)- obviously no cutting

Year 1 - transplanting crowns / planting crowns - once planted just leave the plants to grow (no cutting to eat)

Year 2 - 1st cutting maybe? Advice varies from no cutting at all this year to cutting just one stem per plant. Best to just be patient and let them grow. Maybe try talking to them, you never know it might help!!!

Year 3 - 1st real year of cutting. Some suggest that you can now cut for a full season others suggest cutting for just 3 - 5 weeks.

Year 4 and onwards - by now if you have been patient you should be able to work up to cutting for an 8 week season.

In no year should you be considering asparagus harvesting for more than 8 weeks from the first cutting or you will weaken you crop for the following year.

Whichever year you are in you need to cut your asparagus when it reaches about 4-6inches (10-15cm)in length.


Harvesting Asparagus - here's how

Using a sharp knife with a serrated edge (you can buy special asparagus knives) cut the asparagus cleanly 2- 10cm (1"-4") below the ground. Take care not to cut the crown of the plant burried beneath the spear. Do not leave the spears to grow any bigger before cutting or they will have a tougher skin which will need peeling before eating.

From early May you will need to harvest aparagus every other day and then as it gets warmer every day. A spear can grow 15cm or 6" in a day when the weather is right!

For best results cook and eat you asparagus harvest within a couple of hours although of course you can keep it in the fridge, give some to your friends or freeze it.

If you want some ideas on how to cook asparagus or ideas for asparagus recipes follow these links and enjoy!

Varieties of Asparagus

Planting Asparagus

Planting from Seed

Harvesting Asparagus

Stop the Slugs

Asparagus Plants

Caring for your Asparagus

Asparagus Beetle

Asparagus Diseases

Transplanting Asparagus


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