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panache45
04-26-2015, 03:12 PM
I have an asparagus patch in my back yard, and I want to encourage the plants to multiply in the coming years.

Now that the spears are coming up, should I harvest them, leaving a few to grow into ferns, or would it be better to let them all grow into ferns?

And I plan to dig up a few plants and divide them. When should this be done? In the fall?

bump
04-26-2015, 09:22 PM
Depends on when you planted them. From what I read, you're not supposed to harvest them the first year after you plant them, and sparingly (like once) in the second year, but game on the third and subsequent years.

After that, what you do is harvest them 3-5 times, and then let them grow out all summer, so that they both grow larger underground and build up ample food reserves in the roots, so that in the spring, you can harvest the shoots several times without actually harming the plants. Our patch started out about 2'x1.5', and is now about 4'x3' and we have more asparagus than we care to eat each spring.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/organic/files/2011/03/E-503_asparagus.pdf'
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/vegetables/asparagu.html
http://theagriculturalist.blogspot.com/2010/03/growing-asparagus-is-really-easy.html

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