goldenslumApril 24, 2014

I wanted to grow asparagus for the first time, all six plants I planted have this coming up? did I plant the wrong kind? I would like what you find at the local store.

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Here is a additional pic of the plant bigger .

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 1:41PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

That is normal young asparagus. Newly planted asparagus will not give you the thick spears you find in the shops. You will not be able to harvest for two years if you planted 1 year old crowns. I suggest you do a bit of research into what to expect and when you can start harvesting.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 2:12PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Normal young asparagus gone to fern as is normal Sure looks like it could use feeding however.

The ferns will continue to grow through out the summer feeding energy to the crown for the next couple of years and then you can harvest some. Assuming you water and feed it appropriately.

I agree with floral above - you need to do some basic research into how to grow asparagus, what its feeding and watering needs are and what to expect from growth.


    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 4:04PM
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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

Asparagus takes 2-3 years to get going! You also have to pretty much make that bed mostly gus, as they don't like a lot of competition. I'll plant things like basil and onions on the outside of the bed, cause the gus is finishing up here right now, and I'm planting my summer stuff.
6 is a bit iffy for more than one person. The gus is very random about when it comes up! I actually use those Debbie Meyer green bags that keep produce fresh for a very long time for my gus, so I can keep it fresh until I have enough for a meal for 2-4. Then I use them when it is all coming up at the same time! (I love gus so much, I don't freeze it! Soups is good if you have too much!)
I would say to plant a dozen more, maybe 2 YO crowns, make sure this is a dedicated bed for the gus, cut it back when it turns brown (Thanksgiving?), dump a bunch of compost on it and mulch for weeds during the winter. Repeat, then in a couple of years you will have the biggest, fattest, yummy gus! I eat it right out of the garden!
Good luck! Nancy

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 9:13PM
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