Transplanting Asparagus (begining of September) NW Indiana

wildbill2374(5)September 3, 2012

I live in northwest Indiana and have gained access to an existing asparagus bed, but only for a very short time. The bed is 20 plus years old but hasn't been harvested in about 6 years. The currant owner is moving out very soon and gave me permission to take the asparagus if I wanted to but it has to be now. The plants are not dormant yet. What is the best way to transplant these into a new bed in my yard? Thanks for any input.

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Are you really sure you want to do all that work for 20 year old crowns? Especially when the survival rate will likely be less than 50%?

They are going to be so big and so rootbound that to give 1 crown even 1/2 a chance at survival it will need to be dug up with at least a 12" diameter rootball and 18"-24" would be better. In the process of getting 1 it will likely kill the surrounding ones.

Add to that that they aren't even dormant yet and it is still too warm so that may well cut survival rates even more. I have some 12 and 15 yr. old plants with crowns alone (not including roots) that are easily 12" in diameter and production is already beginning to decline on them.

Dave

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 8:05PM
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glib(5.5)

Yes, one crown is 5 gallons easily, plus any dirt. It is a huge amount of work for very little. It is like transplanting a 2-yrs old apple tree. You can buy 1-yr old crowns for $0.12 each...

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 9:48PM
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wolverine1012

I agree. What seems to be a prize is really a libility. You will spend a lot of effort on something of little value. Asparagus roots are not like a fine wine that gets better with age. I'd pass on this opportunity if it were me.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 3:16PM
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