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Growing Asparagus

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25 Mar 19 Sally (Australia - temperate climate)
My asparagus plants were planted as crowns last winter and have flourished as great big ferny bushes all summer. I'm a bit puzzled as to why they are still pushing up big fat shoots in early autumn! I don't want to cut them because they are less than a year old, but shouldn't they be going to sleep by now?
22 Apr 19 Robyn Vaughan (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
When I lived at the Mid North coast of NSW my asparagus didn't die down until May/Jun, when it became quite cold. Leave it be as these fronds are putting energy into the base and to cut them will only produce more new shoots and sap energy that will be otherwise be stored and used to sprout them next season. I know how frustrating first year asparagus crowns can be! Be sure to mulch well after they die down to protect the crowns.
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