Propagation of Asparagus Plants

by hilda
(union city california)

I have a 4 yr old asparagus bed and I would like to propagate them
please how do I do that and if I can, when is best time to do it.
I live in union city ca.

thanks

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Clarification
by: Sue

Hi Hilda - Good to hear from you, can you tell us what variety or varieties of asparagus you have growing in your bed? Thanks

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Scarlett Runners With Asparagus

by Mike Haas
(Baltimore MD)

I have a 25 foot row about 5 years old of jersey giant and would like to know if I could plant a few scarlett runner beans within the row after I am done harvesting to attract some hummingbirds. I would not want the beans and would pull all of them up in the fall.

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Jamie's Advice
by: Sue

We've been talking to our expert Jamie Petchell and he is not a fan of companion planting. He says "Companion planting is theoretically possible but it is not easy. The main issue is that once the asparagus grows into the fern stage, it prevents light from getting down to the soil, so it is not something that I would recommend."

We have some advice about companion planting which you can find from the links at the bottom of our Growing Asparagus page.

Personally i think runner beans might be a bit too vigorous to plant around asparagus without affecting your asparagus harvest. However we hope you find somewhere to plant them and if you do attract some hummingbirds perhaps you could send us some photos. They are not something we see in the UK.

All the best

Sue


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Companion Planting

by Jackie
(SF Bay Area)

Hi,

I am wondering what and how to plant in the asparagus bed. I read you can plant most vegetables, specifically tomatoes are good companion plants.

How and where can I plant the tomatoes in my asparagus bed? I thought I had to be sure not to disturb the roots. How close to the asparagus plants can I plant tomatoes? Finally, can I plant cucumbers and/or zuchinni in my asparagus bed?

I am in Northern Calif, the Bay Area. When and what variety of asparagus should I plant? I have 3 4x6 beds for vegetables and would like to also use for asparagus beds.

Thank you!
Jackie

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Observation from one year grower
by: Jim Cox

I planted three year old plants, whatever, last year. I planted six each in two large above ground beds.

I was STUNNED by how big they got and how bushy and full. IMHO, if you get the same results I did, nothing will grow well with or near them. They get huge. Again, I was not prepared for the growth!

I would suggest strongly, build a second bed for anything else you wish to plant. That is exactly what I worked on this afternoon.

Asparagus & Other Vegetables
by: Sue

Hi Jackie

You are right in thinking that tomatoes are supposed to be good companion plants for asparagus in that tomatoes deter asparagus beetle and asparagus is said to produce a chemical effective on nematodes. Other plants that are said to be beneficial to the growth of asparagus are basil, marigold, parsley, spinach, flowers from the aster family, nasturtiums, grapes, beetles, beets and lettuce.

However you do need to be careful about how closely you plant these other plants. Asparagus really does not like to have its roots disturbed and planting other plants too close will potentially deplete the asparagus yield. On top of this asparagus fern will shade any plants that are to close depriving them of light.

Our advice therefore would be to plant other plants in adjacent beds not the same bed or allow extra space around your asparagus when planning the bed.

Good luck with your planting.

Sue

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Splitting Asparagus

by Rob
(Merseyside)

Can I split asparagus plants to make more plants?

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Propogation by Splitting Plants
by: Sue

Hi - We knew that propagation by splitting crowns was not a viable option but we thought we'd ask Jamie (our expert) for his views. We suggested that we thought the depth to which the roots grow (1 to 2m deep)would make it difficult to lift them without breaking them.

This is what he said: "It is not something that is done. The main reason is that it creates a wound on the plant that will allow infection to penetrate and create disease within the plant. You are also right about the deep rooting nature making it very difficult. Bottom line is that it is not something worth considering. New plants are always better."

Sorry to be negative but hope this saves you some heartache trying to do something that probably won't be very successful.

All the best
Sue

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Seed Harvest

by Lynn Jamison
(Louisville kY)

If one wants to get seeds from the berries, what is the best approach. Its March now and the berries are still out there but a bit mushy and pulpy. I'm not sure the seeds within are viable.

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Jamie Petchell Asparagus Expert Answers:
by: Sue

Seed collection is not something we have tried but our expert Jamie Petchell knows pretty much everything there is to know about growing asparagus from propagation of seed, varieties etc. so we put your question to him. Here is his answer:

"Ok this is not something that I would recommend for the following reasons:

Asparagus plants are either male or female. It is the female plants that produce the berries, although just to confuse matters you can occasionally find male plants that produce a limited number of berries.

Female plants generally produce fewer but fatter spears in the early years but they are likely to die out after 5-7 years.

There was a development in asparagus breeding 30-40 years ago that brought about "all male hybrids". This is done by crossing "super male" plants with female plants, producing progeny that are 100% (or very close) male and therefore do not produce any seed but put all of their energy into vegetative growth (spear / fern production) rather than generative / reproductive growth (berry / seed production).

All varieties supplied in the UK in terms of crowns originate from the first generation of asparagus seed. This is called F1 and F1 seeds are vigorous and with a high germination rate.

If seeds are collected from these F1 female plants, these are second generation seeds and are termed F2. These have low germination, significantly reduced plant vigour and the plants are likely to last no more than 5-7 years if planted out.

We see a lot of asparagus plantations in China established from F2 seed because the growers are attempting to reduce costs but it is a massively false economy, especially in a long term crop like asparagus.

Examples of all F1 all male hybrids are Mondeo, Guelph Millennium and Gijnlim.

Examples of F1 mixed (male and female) hybrids are Ariane, Pacific 2000 and Pacific 2000

Hope this helps!

ATB

Jamie"

We wondered whether the American Heirloom varieties might be better fro collecting seed from but his reply was as follows:

"Yes exactly the same principal with the American heirloom varieties"

So I guess you may be best buying new seed.

Hope this helps

Sue

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Transplanting

by Roy
(Lumberton, NC )

We planted seeds in cells of trays and now we need to know several things. Planted seeds in late Feb. they are now very skinny but beginning to take on a fern like look. Do we trim out the tops like we do our other produce, such as tomatoes or squash or do we just let them grow? We trim the leaves down to the bud of those to keep them from getting too big to transplant. How long do we leave them in these cells/trays? It seems that the root system won't be very big at this point. Just not sure how to deal with transplanting from seeds we started.

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by: Sue

Leave the fern, absolutely no need to cut it back. The plants are ready to be planted out when the third fern is up and open.

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Baby ferns growing in 3rd year.

by Kati Benelli
(Tennessee)

I planted an asparagus bed 3 years ago. And am now enjoying harvesting the spears. Yay! I have noticed that tiny baby ferns are popping up in other areas of the bed. Should I leave them, or cut them? There seems to be a lot coming up. Thank you.

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Baby Ferns - Our Suggestion
by: Sue

Hi There

Those baby ferns sound like they are seedlings from seeds off female plants. The best thing to do is pull these up. If you let them grow on they will be weaker plants than your existing ones and will weaken the good plants that you planted. You should also look out for red berries in the autumn and cut these off the plants to avoid the seeds setting like this. Enjoy your asparagus.

Sue

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Fertilizing

When and what do you use for fertilizer besides composted manure?

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Nitrogen and Phosphate Fertilizers
by: Sue

Hi Your might want to add some nitrogen via fertilizer in addition to your manure. In this case ideally you would add some pre-harvest, some post harvest and some mid summer whilst the fern is growing. However, you need to add it when the soil is workable and with as little disruption to the roots as possible and without breaking the fern when it is growing.

If your soil pH is below 635 you may want to add some lime to bring the pH up to 6.5.

If you haven't planted yet you could use some superphosphate as you plant your new crowns.

Hope this helps

Sue

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Add crowns to old bed

by Buddy
(Athens,Al 35611)

I have a 30+year old asp. bed that a majority of the shoots are very spindly and want to fill in bed with new crowns. Should I dig up old plants or just plant close by? (Cannot relocate bed.)

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Suggestions
by: Susan

If the bed is this old I would suggest digging up the old plants and starting again. Maybe you could phase this so you don't lose all your crop in one go, but only if your old bed is disease free, you don't want to transfer any diseases from older plants to new ones. I would also suggest a good deal of fertiliser / manure/ compost before you replant etc. as the soil will have been working pretty hard to deliver asparagus for 30 years.

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Winter Care

by Elizabeth
(Ontario, Canada)

When it is time to clear the garden, should the dried ferns be cut back or left for the winter- southwestern Ontario- Canada Zone 6 and if the ferns stay all winter when do you start clearing them out? I see fields of asparagus that still have last years growth although my 3 year old plants are sprouting. I ask because after the first year I began finding some very strangely shaped spears and wondered if cutting them back had caused this?

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Cutting Back the Fern
by: Sue

Hi Elizabeth

There are two schools of thought on fern clearance. One is to cut it all down and remove the fern around November time when it is fully brown and all the goodness has reached the roots. Removing the old fern ensures that any diseases or parasites are removed and do not overwinter in the dead foliage.

The second theory is to leave the fern as you have done and clear it just before the shoots come up in the spring.

I doubt that the strange shaped spears are due to the cutting back unless you are cutting the fern off below ground level. Event then this is probably not the cause of the strange shaped spears.

I'll check with our expert Jamie on which he thinks is most appropriate to your location.

Hope this helps

Sue

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Watering Asparagus

by Nancy
(Michigan)

This is my 3rd year for my asparagus and I live in Michigan. Asparagus is coming up but it's been a dry spring. My question is can I water the plants now that the growth is starting to show or not? And if so how often should I water the small area that I have growing?

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Asparagus Have Long Roots
by: Sue

Hi Nancy

Asparagus is quite draught tolerant because it has very long roots which can find water well below ground level. However, those roots develop over its first few years so a bit of water may be beneficial for your 3 year old bed depending on how well the roots have developed and how dry its been. You won't do any harm by watering unless you plan on drowning them or leaving them with their feet standing in a pool of water!!

Wishing you a good harvest

Sue

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New Owners

by Kimble
(Iowa)

We just moved and inherited asparagus patch. Not sure how long they have had it but it has been taken over with grass. Do I need to get the grass out? And from the questions asked previously I should cut all the spears down for 8 was and then just let them grow out right? And our asparagus seems to be randomly growing is it because it's new?

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Lucky You!
by: Sue

Hi Kimble

What a great think to inherit when you move house.

You do need to get the grass out but asparagus has roots close to the surface that do not like being disturbed so you need to go very gently with them.

You are right about cutting all the spears that come up for 8 weeks (enjoy).

As to the random spread this probably means that seedlings have set. Your plants need space to produce a good crop as each plant has a very deep and quite wide root system. If they are tightly packed (read about spacing on our how to plant asparagus page) I would look out for any very small ferns / seedlings and try to pull them out without disturbing anything else then look out for red berries on plants later in the year. Remove these red berries as they are seeds that are causing the seedlings and the random spread.

Good luck in your new home and with your asparagus.

Sue

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Berries from Last Years Crop

by Terrie
(Wake Forest NC)

Last year I let the berries from the asparagus fall where they may. My question is, will the berries become new plants?

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Self Seeding Asparagus
by: Sue

Hi Terrie

Yes you may well see asparagus seedlings coming up. The best thing to do though is to pull them up. We recommends removing the berries to stop the seedlings appearing. If you let them grow on they will be fairly weak asparagus plants and they will negatively affect the crop you get from your existing bed.

Enjoy your asparagus season.

Sue

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Feeding asparargos

by Thomas
(Ellesmere Port )

Do I feed asparagus when I cut it down ?

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Feedinf Asparagus Comments
by: Sue

Hi Thomas

When you say cut it down we need to be clear. As you are asking this question in harvesting season I wonder if you are asking about feeding your asparagus just after harvesting.

The answer to this is that ideally you would spread the feeding of your asparagus as explained below (adapted from the Red Tractor Assurance fro farms advice):

Establishment year

Nitrogen
Apply one third of the a nitrogen dressing before sowing or planting, one third when the crop is fully established (around mid June for crowns, mid July for transplants) and one third at the end of August.

Subsequent years
Nitrogen
In year 2, apply a nitrogen dressing by the end of February – early March.

In subsequent years, the amount and timing of nitrogen depends on the previous winter. If the
crop is on light soil and over-winter rainfall was high, apply the dressing by the end of
February with an additional dressing applied after harvest.
Following moderate or low amounts of winter rainfall apply a dressing just after the harvest to provide nitrogen for fern growth.

Be careful not to damage the roots or fern as you apply the dressing, careful light hoeing in to the surface of the bed only.

Hope this helps

Sue

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Where to Plant

by Donna Ham
(Richmond Quebec)

Is planting asparagus about a meter away from rhubarb ok?

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by: Sue

Hi Donna

I don't think this should cause a problem so long as the 1m gap doesn't get eroded by the spread of the Rhubarb.

Hope you are enjoying your asparagus season.

Sue

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Cutting back the dead ferns after winter kill.

by Ferdinand Provini
(Maryland)

After the asparagus ferns die off in the late fall and winter, how close to the ground should they be cut? Or, should be cut below the ground?

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How Low to Cut the Fern
by: Sue

Hi Ferdinand

Don't try to cut below the soil. Just cut fairly close to the ground a couple of inches of stalk left will be just fine.

All the best

Sue

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Asparagus at Our New House

by Janice Spaulding
(barre vermont)

I just moved to a new house and I have just seen that there is some asparagus growing in the garden that the people that owned the house before planted. Can you tell me how tall does asparagus get and when do I cut the asparagus because I have not seen asparagus grow before only seen asparagus in a store. Janice

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New to Asparagus
by: Sue

Hi Janice

Your asparagus will grow pretty tall 1 - 1.5 meters high. You should cut your asparagus as it comes up which will be now. Check it each day and cut the stalks when they are about 6 inches tall. So this for about 8 weeks then let the ferns grow on. Can I suggest you read the pages on harvesting asparagus and caring for asparagus on our site. You will find the links in the menu on the left.

Good luck with your asparagus and enjoy.

Sue

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Asparagus overcrowding & transplanting

by Jane
(SW Oklahoma)

My crowns were originally planted too close together & after 4 years they are very profuse. Is there a way to "thin" & transplant?

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Planting Density
by: Sue

We wonder just how close you planted and how much asparagus they are yielding. if you plant asparagus too close the spears are likely to be thinner than if planted with a lot of space around them. However, the roots are likely to be very intertwined and tangled if they are planted close so thinning may not work very well.

Are you sure the profusion is not caused by seedlings setting? If you have berries on your plants they are not the newer all male variety and you need to pick the berries and pull out the seedlings.

If you are getting a good crop we would leave well alone. Trying to pull some plants out will probably damage the whole lot.

Sue

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Weeds Control for Transplanted Asparagus

Hi, I am starting growing asparagus on a 2 acre land. which herbicides I can use as broadcast for asparagus transplants to control weeds?

thank you
Haley

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Herbicides
by: Sue

I will email you a document that may be helpful.

Sue

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Bad Idea?

I mulched my asparagus with straw, thinking it would control weeds... is this a bad idea? I saw some wilted stems today, which could be because of frost a couple days ago, or is the straw causing damage?SAFARI

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by: Sue

Here's the link so everyone can see it http://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/resources/000/852/340/Asparagus_2014_final.pdf it is a bit technical but may be helpful

Mulching and Asparagus
by: Sue

Hi Your mulch should be fine, it is more likely frost that has made your asparagus wilt. Cut the wilted stems and hope the frost has finished for the year.

If you see another frost forecast try to provide your asparagus with some overnight protection.

Good luck

Sue

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Cutting Ferns too Soon

by Betty
(Wisconsin)

What happens if the ferns are cut too soon?

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by: Sue

Hi Betty

Cutting the ferns before the autumn so that they do not have the summer growing will seriously weaken your asparagus plants and reduce the yield next spring. Once your cutting season has finished (8 weeks max for mature plants and when you should be cutting before the shoots turn to fern)leave the fern to grow on until it has turned brown in the Autumn.

I hope this helps

Sue

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How can we get rid of the female plants without killing the male plants in a raised bed?

by Laura
(Chattaroy, WA)

We only want male spears, since they are much larger and more tender than our female plants are producing.

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Getting rid of female asparagus plants
by: Jamie

The only way to get rid of female plants is to dig out the plants or only plant varieties that are ‘all male’ in the first instance.

I wouldn’t suggest the former as it will just reduce the overall yield.

Female plants tend to produce fewer but fatter spears in the early years and they often die out after 5-7 years whereas male plants survive much longer.

I’ve never heard of tenderness being reduced in female plants

Hope this helps!

Jamie

Sue adds - are you sure the thinner spears are not self seeded seedlings. Be sure to remove any berries and pull out seedlings if they set.

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Downward growing asparagus !!!

by Bunny
(Eastern Ontario Canada)

I have plants that have been producing for about 5-7 years. I tend to get very thick spears and also some thin spears that to me look like they are going to seed quickly. Why would thick spears break through the ground to about 1-2 " and then turn downward back into the earth. this is the first year this has happened and we have had a very dry month of May and also a very harsh winter. I live in Eastern Ontario Canada on the shores of the St. Lawrence river. Any suggestions ??? thanks

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Very Thick Spears
by: Sue

Hi Bunny

Asparagus spears are thicker the deeper the crowns are planted and the more space they have around them. Cut them and enjoy them just as you would your other spears.

Hope it warms up soon.

Sue

Downward asparagus
by: Bunny

Thanks Jamie. I dont see any visible pests so possibly I am not careful enough when harvesting. Another question........why do I get very thick spears ? Are these the ones I should be letting go to seed . I would send a pic but it is too cold out there now. Thanks for the help..............
Bunny

Downward Turning Asparagus Spears
by: Jamie

Hi - Spears turning downwards are normally due to pest or physical damage caused by a knife when cutting the adjacent spear. A notch by either the pest or knife in the side of the spear causes it to turn downwards.

Photos would help

Jamie

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Found a huge gone wild rootball

by Michelle
(Michigan)

My son came home munching on a spear, & announced he found abandoned asparagus growing in a site that was going to be torn up. Sprigs had just begun to pop up. Turned out to be a massive overgrown patch, basically growing in gravel, clay, and limestone. I dug up an 18"x 18" hunk/boulder shape of the root ball mass. Went well below the bottom of the roots, & retained as much original soil as possible. Soaked it and plopped it,still in tacked, in good soil. Seems to have made it without going into shock. It continues to sprout. I'm letting it go to seed. -Now what? Do I leave it be, or attempt to thin out and organize the crowns this fall?

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Let it Recover
by: Sue

Hi Michelle

Transplanting asparagus is a pretty dicey business. If you've been lucky so far I would not try to tamper with it again. Leave it alone, care for it by weeding, fertilizing etc. and keep your fingers crossed for next year.

Sue

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Some asparagus plants in an established bed didn't come up

by Andy
(Massachusetts)

Hi, I planted Mary Washington asparagus in a raised bed about 5 years ago and have been very vigilant about their care. We've enjoyed a wonderful harvest two years ago, slightly less last year, and this year a few plants didn't come up at all. Each year after harvesting, I add 2-3 inches of compost, let the ferns grow until late fall, and then add another 2-3 inches of compost before cutting them down. I keep it well-weeded. We haven't picked any of the asparagus this year at all. Should I dig up the dead plants, and replace them, or is there something else you would recommend? Thanks very much.

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by: Sue

I've seen your photos, Really busy this week but will ask Jamie to take a look then I'll get back to you or he will.
Sue

Some asparagus plants in an established bed didn't come up
by: Andy

Hi Susan,
Thanks so much for your email. It gives me hope. I followed your instructions and dug up two plants that didn't come up at all. The soil, to my mind, looked great: crumbly, loamy and a substantial amount of worms. I took photos and will try to figure out how to attach them. Both plants had some bright white roots when cut through, however, there were also areas of rotted root. We have a small raised bed, about 15 plants, well-spaced. Most of the spears that came up were very thin, and as I said some didn't come up at all. I very much appreciate all your help.
Best,
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Failing Asparagus
by: Sue

Hi Andy

This sounds sad as you sound to have been doing all the right things. I wonder what is going on below ground. Can I suggest you try to dig up a bit of root from one of the failing plants and see if it looks healthy. Choose the weakest plant as this is going to make matters worse t=for the individual plant. Is it bright white when cut through. If not send us a photo and we will see if Jamie can help you.

The other issue is what type of soil you have is it heavy clay / waterlogged at any time?

If the plants are indeed dead then digging them up may be in order but I suggest a bit of careful investigation first.

All the best

Sue

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Growing

by Steve
(Missouri)

I have 2 plants that are 2-3 yrs. old and both only have 1 shoot coming up. I cut this one off and later another will appear. Help!

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Patience
by: Sue

Hi Steve

If they are only 2 years old or even 3 you cannot expect a huge number of shoots and if they are only two years old you should not be cutting them. If you take a look at our page on harvesting you will see that patience is required.
In year 3 you should only cut for 3 -5 weeks, less if you feel they are not doing that well.

Also be sure to fertilize them once you have left them to grow on and bear in mind that each plant will only ever deliver a moderate number of spears, you really need more than 2 plants for a decent crop I'm afraid.

Hope this helps

Sue

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Thin Asparagus after 5 years

We transplanted some asparagus and also bought some new ones to put in a new bed 5 years ago. The first year the asparagus came out thin but okay. After 5 years a lot of the asparagus is still thin-1/8 of an inch in width, but some is fine 1/2. Not sure what to do to make the asparagus grow bigger.

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Asparagus Thickness
by: Sue

Hi

The thickness or thinness of asparagus is determined by how close together the plants are situated and how deep the crowns are planted.

If the plants are closely packed they compete for nutrients and moisture and the spears will not be as thick. However, once your plants are established the last thing you want to do is move them so don't.

Another factor that affects the thickness of the spears is the depth the asparagus crown is planted. The deeper they are planted the thicker the spears will be. Maybe your crowns are fairly close to the surface. If this is the case I recommend applying a good depth of compost at the end of the season for a few years and see if that does the trick.

Hope this helps

Sue

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Some asparagus plants in an established bed didn't come up

by Andy
(Massachusetts)

The asparagus bed

The asparagus bed

The asparagus bed
One plant that didn't come up at all
Second plant that didn't come up at all

Hi Susan,
Here are the photos I mentioned. If you need any additional information, please don't hesitate to ask.
Best,
Andy

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Sorry to take so long
by: Sue

Hi again, sorry to take so long coming back to you. I've been really busy with my day job! I've sent Jamie your photos and I'll see if he's taken a look and has any ideas to help you. I will be in touch but it might be a few days again.

All the best

Sue

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All Ferns

by Steve
(Kerrville, Tx.)

We just moved in and there were ferns in a space out back.
We planted more crowns in April this year. All we have out back are ferns that are about two feet tall. what do we do?
Cut the ferns to ground or a inch or two under ground?
Thanks for your help.
Steve

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Do NOT cut the Asparagus Fern on the newly planted crowns
by: Sue

Hi Steve

If you have not been cutting the old ferns it is too late in the season to start cutting now as the fern growth is building energy ready for next year ad you will weaken the plants by cutting it back at this time.

Neither should you cut the asparagus ferns from the newly planted crowns this year. Can I suggest you read our page on harvesting asparagus which will tell you what you need to now for next year.

Sue

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Curled back of stems

by Ben Bosley
(Annapolis, Md)

My asparagus bed is well established and I decided to move it to a raised bed this spring. I dug up big clumps and move to the new bed. When the spears stared coming up many curled back into the ground. What would cause this condition? I have stopped cutting and I am letting it all go to ferns. Live in Annapolis, Maryland. Will try to add picture later.

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Curling Asparagus Stems
by: Sue

Asparagus stems that curl up are often due to damage of the buds on the crowns due to cutting the asparagus too deeply. In your case I would say that you have probably damaged some of the crowns as you moved them. Another possibility is diseases which again your crowns could be susceptible to when moved but it think is less likely.

Transplanting asparagus is a bit of a hit and miss affair.

Letting it go to fern is your best bet to let the plants recover. Fingers crossed for next year. If you have some photos i will see Jamie has any better clues.

All the best

Sue

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Old Site of Asparagus

by Brenda
(South West Manitoba)

Moved to an older farm yard and found some asparagus growing in the long grass pulled grass out from around it and have a few shoots growing but not many. Should I pick these or leave them and is there anything else I should do to the site.

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Old Asparagus Patch
by: Sue

Hi Brenda

If your hidden asparagus plants have been swamped by grass for a few years I would leave them to grow this year and give them some fertilizer to encourage them to rebuild their strength.

If they grow good strong fern this year you could be in luck if the fern is quite minimal you may need to coddle them for a year or two to see if you can get them going or you may be out of luck.

I would put a layer of compost around them in the autumn and keep them weeded and see what happens next year. If you've had good fern growth this summer go ahead and cut them.

Fingers crossed

Sue

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Prune back fern height

by Phillip
(Kansas)

I am from Kansas USA. The wind here is very strong all summer. I have 200 asparagus plants that just got done with their spring bounty. This is their 3rd spring after planting. They are VERY productive healthy plants. My problem is the ferns are 7-8' tall (almost 3 meters) and still growing. I have put in a fence with soft rope about 3' tall opposite they prevailing wind but being this tall they are sure to break over. Can I prune some of the height? I know they store energy for next year via the fern but these are just out of control.

Thanks,

Too Tall Fern

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Great problem to have
by: Sue

Hi Phillip what a great problem to have. I guess it would be better to trim a little than to have the asparagus ferns break off lower down or get damaged and allow disease to set in. I assume you can't get a rope in any higher up as that would be much the best.

I'll see if Jamie has any better ideas.

In the mean time as an avid windsurfer do you have any good lakes nearby? sounds like a great place for windsurfing!!

Sue

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