Top Questions About Asparagus Plants

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Questions About Asparagus Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
January 8, 2011

Q. Cutting Back Asparagus

Have not yet cut back my asparagus (first planted in 2009) and now we have heavy snow. What should I do, as it still seems to be quite green?

Answered by
Nikki on
January 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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Since it is under heavy snow, wait until very early spring to cut it back or when the snow has melted away. The foilage will be dead at that time and ready for being pruned.

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Asked by
Dragonmike on
January 18, 2011

Q. Best Season to Start an Asparagus Bed.

Am in the planning stages of our family garden for the coming year and was wondering when the optimal time to prepare a bed for asparagus might be.

Answered by
catyf on
January 19, 2011
A.

the best time of year to plant a asparagus bed would be early to mid spring.
asparagus plants like cool, moist conditions. make sure that when u plant your asparagus, give the plants plenty of water and also mulch around each plant, about a centimeter to 1 inch thick.

happy planting!

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 8, 2011

Q. Planting and Growing Asparagus in Garden

I would like information about the subject above. I live in eastern North Carolina.

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 27, 2011

Q. How Much Light for Asparagus Beds?

Are asparagus shade plants? Seems like they would be.

Answered by
Nikki on
February 28, 2011
Certified Expert
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No, they do not do well in the shade. They need 6 or more hours of light to do well.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 24, 2011

Q. Asparagus Bed

We are getting ready to make an asparagus bed. Does it require full sun? I have heard they like sandy soil. Does it need to be raised, or can I make the bed level with the ground? I have heard you plant them in ‘trenches. ‘ What are common pests or diseases with asparagus?

Asked by
Anonymous on
April 10, 2011

Q. Fertilizer for Asparagus

It is now April and I have not applied a general purpose fertilizer to my asparagus. The tips are now showing and I would like to know if it is too late to apply the fertilizer now.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can apply fertilizer still. It will be fine.

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Asked by
BlueAppy on
April 10, 2011

Q. Moving Asparagus Bed….Help

Help! I am moving in a couple of weeks and want to take my asparagus bed with me. The spears are just now starting to come up, which is the only way I know where the plants are. Can this be done while they are coming up? If so, what is the best way for me to dig them up and tranport them? They will need to be out of the ground about 24 hours for the move. I live on the northern coast of NC near the Virginia border and will be moving them to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Planning to move them from regular open beds to raised box beds. Please help, I can’t stand the idea of not having my asparagus plants.

Answered by
Heather on
April 10, 2011
Certified Expert
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You can move them, but you will, of course, not be able to take a crop from them this year. Dig up a clump, making sure that you dig a good foot or more down, if possible. Wrap the rootball in a damp towel and then wrap that in a trash bag. This article will have other tips for transplanting it:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/asparagus/transplanting-asparagus-plants-tips-for-how-to-transplant-asparagus.htm

Once you get to your new location, plant it as soon as you can. Make sure it stays well watered and watch for transplant shock. This article will help you keep an eye out for that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/learn-how-to-avoid-and-repair-transplant-shock-in-plants.htm

Good luck!

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