How long dies it take asparagus crowns to emerge?
Last month I planted 30 one year old UC-157 crowns in a bed. I dug deep and lined the entire bed with gopher wire to keep them safe. Next I amended generously with very well composted horse manure. My soil is a sandy clay loam. Then I planted the crowns. I've been watering every few days. Nothing has come up and it has now been nearly four weeks.
I noticed that the crowns looked a little desiccated, but not too bad, when I planted them.
Did I get crowns that were past their prime?
Did I plant them too late in the year?
Or should I be patient a bit longer?
If all of this was a loss due to some factor or another, I'd like to try seeds if it's not too late in the year. Is it? Given that asparagus takes three years to first harvest, I'd really rather not lose the whole year.