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Zone Snohomish, Washington 98290 | Arlis added on June 19, 2019 | Answered

Just planted my first asparagus plants, in May which is late I know. They are ferning now a bit and through the ground about 6 inches. I read where you could cut the ferns back in late fall or early spring. Which is best for the Washington state area. It sometimes freezes in winter here, Snohomish area. Should we cut ferns back to ground level, then let them come up without picking the first year. Then let them fern again and cut back to ground level again the next fall or early spring??? HELP

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Answered on June 19, 2019

Do not cut any growth that is living for at least 2 years. Make sure that you only cut them down after they have died off for the season. These two articles will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/asparagus/cutting-asparagus-foliage-back-in-autumn.htm


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