Probably a dumb question about asparagus...

mollyh(5)April 30, 2012

What is the difference between asparagus crowns and plants? I planted little Mary Washington plants this year that I bought at the nursery. Everything I read online refers to planting crowns.

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stuffradio

If it was already starting to grow, it would be a plant. If it's a crown, it would just be the root which is dormant. That's my guess.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 4:31PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Asparagus plants grown from seeds will eventually develop into asparagus crowns. It take 2-3 years for a small crown to develop and then each year it gets a little bigger until at 10-15 years it can easily be the size of a small plate. It is crowns that produce the edible spears.

Planting plants means it will be an average of 3-5 years, depending on the growing conditions you provide, before you will get any spears that can be harvested. That is why most buy developed crowns to plant - so that they can harvest spears to eat a year or two sooner.

Dave

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 4:37PM
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jolj(7b/8a)

They are the same, but if you are talking about planting, you would say agus crown & if you found bugs above ground you would say on my agus plant. That way we who can not see the plant would know what you meant.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 8:26PM
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