Growing Asparagus

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    S   T              

(Best months for growing Asparagus in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Easy to grow. Plant as crowns. Best planted at soil temperatures between 61°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 16 inches apart
  • Harvest in 2-3 years. Plant 'crowns' to harvest earlier .
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Parsley, Basil, Nasturtiums, Lettuce
  • Avoid growing close to: Garlic, Onions, and root vegetables

Your comments and tips

21 Jul 21, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Bunnings sell crowns this time of year. Google seed selling companies on the net - like Eden seeds or similar. Crowns will have you 12 mths ahead of seeds. Just good friable soil ph 6-7 will grow most things or google it.
27 Jun 21, Valerie (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I have already planted mine last year they are growing so tall not sure what's gonna happen
29 Jun 21, Anon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Google how to grow it. Late winter you need to cut it off at ground level. Put compost 4-6 cm.
17 Apr 21, Wendy Strathearn (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I will be digging up crowns from an elderly friend's garden. They have been growing, as in, multiplying, over the years and now too many in the bed. I'm guessing to lift them in late winter (subtropics), however, I am not sure. The lifted crowns will then be shared by other people, so, are there any good instructions for re planting the crowns, when etc, please? Thank you very much and also thank you for your monthly email for planting, I have told so many people about your list. Wendy Strathearn Gympie Permaculture
24 Apr 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Do it late August. Have your soil well prepared with compost and manures. Plant the crowns and water each week. A really good watering the first time or before you plant them.
19 Apr 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Dig up late winter - mid August, break into required pieces and plant into soil with plenty of compost in the soil, Mix in some Rooster Booster from Bunnings or something similar and water regularly - 2-3 times a week. You may not have a big harvest the first year or so, depends on the size of the crown you plant.
29 Mar 21, Pelin Taser (USA - Zone 5b climate)
What kind of asparagus We can grow in chicago? We are working on growing food and we would like to know what to grow.
30 Mar 21, (Australia - temperate climate)
Check around your area what varieties are grown - internet, nurseries, stores that sell seeds and bulbs.
09 Mar 21, Suzie Taylor (Australia - temperate climate)
It's perfect as a side dish for any meal. I grow my own so I was looking for new ideas and like yourself I highly recommend trying to grow your own (As a guide: https://www.gardenate.com/plant/Asparagus?zone=2 or https://gardenerland.com/edible/vegetables/growing-asparagus/ ). It does taste better than the shop bought plants.
10 Mar 21, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Mine are 5 years old and I put compost and rooster booster on mine in late August after trimming back old growth. I pick for about 10 weeks, let the ferns grow until mid Jan and cut back again. Compost and rooster booster again and pick for 4 weeks. Then let it go ferns again. Mainly have it on toast for breaky.
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