Growing Asparagus

Aspargus officianalis : Asparagaceae / the asparagus family

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

12 May 23, don jinks (USA - Zone 4a climate)
starting a new garden at new house what month should I plant the asparagus in zone 4 since Ive missed the spring planting?
13 May 23, (USA - Zone 4a climate)
It says plant now. Try crowns if you can get them.
01 May 23, (USA - Zone 7b climate)
I’m in East Tennessee. Do I plant in sun or shade? I’m originally from Iowa and it would grown wild at the base of trees.
08 May 23, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Full sun.
13 Feb 23, Gerrie Steenkamp (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I buy seeds and plants in SA
18 Jan 23, Ericka Wojcik (USA - Zone 9a climate)
Any one have succes growing in 9b?
23 Jan 23, Anonymous (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Not suited to your climate by the look.
03 Jan 23, david (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
When is the best time to split crowns and replant?
05 Jan 23, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
In the winter while they are dormant.
02 Jan 23, John d braby (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I've bought purple asparagus in a pot. There are 6 woody stems in the pot. Should I try to disentangle the root systems and plant each stem separately ?
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I planted Asparagus roots I’m in the 3rd season now and so far I have picked two batches. I tried seeds and they didn’t grow. You maybe able to buy the roots at a place where they sell plants. The roots are kept in a refrigerator.

- Lucy

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