Growing Asparagus

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
                P P P  

(Best months for growing Asparagus in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant crowns

  • Easy to grow. Plant as crowns. Best planted at soil temperatures between 16°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 40 cm apart
  • Harvest in 2-3 years. Plant 'crowns' to harvest earlier .
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Parsley, Basil, Nasturtiums, Lettuce
  • Avoid growing close to: Garlic, Onions, and root vegetables

Your comments and tips

08 Sep 08, marcus (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
how much water does growing asparagus need, and how often should they be watered?
24 Oct 08, gareth (Australia - temperate climate)
i have planted asparagus 3 months ago and they havent sprouted is this normal or not coz on the packet it said ready to harvest in 8 weeks
14 Nov 08, Alice (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I planted seedling asparagus 2 years ago and now have of a 120 cm. wall of ferny top grow. What do I do with it now? A friend suggested I should cut it all down level with ground and cover it with 10cm of stable manure. Does this sound sensible to the experts?
05 Dec 08, Eileen (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I planted my asparagus during the winter months, they now have ferny tops, what do I do with them now, I planted 2.
07 Dec 08, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Eileen (and Alice). Leave the ferns until they die down in winter, then you can clear them away, or just flattern them before topping up the bed with rotted manure and/or compost.
07 Dec 08, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Alice, I would only use rotted or composted stable manure, unless you want a fine crop of barley/wheat/grasses/whatever seeds the horse ate. They all germinate beautifully from fresh stable manure.
09 Mar 09, Michele (Australia - tropical climate)
I would like to have a go at growing asparagus here in the tropics. Would seed be best or could I get crowns from somewhere
28 Jul 09, Valerie (New Zealand - temperate climate)
It's only the end of July and my asparagus is already sprouting. Should I pick it or leave it alone? It's in it's third year and I haven't picked any for the last two spring/summers
08 Aug 09, Teash (Australia - temperate climate)
I got an asparagus plant last year at a local farmers market, I put it in the ground and just left it. Well this year I have my first lot of spears.. and they are yummo...asparagus require little maintenance and a whole heap of patience!!
23 Aug 09, Dave (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Just trying aspar. I use multi-later dig free gardens (Ester Dean Style). proposed Aspar. bed approx 2.4 x 1.8 x.6 deep Q?. How close can I plant crowns for maximum use of this bed? thanks Dave.
Showing 11 - 20 of 473 comments

Hi Andrew. I bought my first packet of 5 one year old Asparagus crowns from Mitre 10 in Hastings in 2 Sep 2016. I bought another packet of 5 crowns from The Warehouse in Hastings on 25 August 2017. I planted and fed them in accordance with the instructions on the packets and have had my first feed of Asparagus on 21 Sep 2018 (from the 2016 plants). My husband and 2 children then had their first feed on 15 Oct 2018. We harvested our asparagus until 21 Nov 2018 and then let them go to fern. We did not touch the 2017 plants at all but will be able to eat them in spring 2019 until early November and also be able to eat as much as we can from our 2016 plants with continued harvest through to the middle or end of December at least.

- Teia

Please provide your email address if you are hoping for a reply

All comments are reviewed before displaying on the site, so your posting will not appear immediately

Gardenate App

Put GardenGrow in your pocket. Get our app for iPhone, iPad or Android to add your own plants and record your plantings and harvests

Planting Reminders

Join our 60,000+ gardeners who already use GardenGrow and subscribe to the free GardenGrow planting reminders email newsletter.

Home | Vegetables and herbs to plant | Climate zones | About GardenGrow | Contact us | Privacy Policy

This planting guide is a general reference intended for home gardeners. We recommend that you take into account your local conditions in making planting decisions. GardenGrow is not a farming or commercial advisory service. For specific advice, please contact your local plant suppliers, gardening groups, or agricultural department. The information on this site is presented in good faith, but we take no responsibility as to the accuracy of the information provided.
We cannot help if you are overrun by giant slugs.