Growing Asparagus

Aspargus officianalis : Asparagaceae / the asparagus family

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

31 May 13, karen (Australia - temperate climate)
have you had a reply to your question?? as I also would like to buy some crowns, and could do with some tips on growing them down the range.
22 Apr 10, Chris (Australia - tropical climate)
bec, horse manure is notorious for containing lots of seeds which will sprout and grow if used in a garden. It's a great way to introduce weeds - I write from bitter experience! It needs to be thoroughly composted so the heat destroys the seeds before applying.
03 May 10, Selina (Australia - tropical climate)
Yes agree also. I had a similar terrible experience with horse manure myself and still paying for it. Is cow manure better? I've heard that you don't get the weeds because they have more than one stomach.
09 Oct 10, pete (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
i use horse manure without problems, however having said that i get it from a trotting stable where the trainer only feeds his horses on rice based horse feed. If you collect it from a paddock it will contain weed and grass seeds. as for cow manure - its much better because they have two stomacs and regurgitate and chew their cud breaking down the food much better than a horse can.
10 Jul 10, (Australia - temperate climate)
You couldnt have said it any better....I too thought horse poop was a good thing until I seen how many weeds I was pulling out of my vegie patch.
22 May 10, Lizzy Battese (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I would like to know where to get asparagus seeds or crowns.
27 May 10, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Lizzy, most garden shops will have crowns available around mid/late-winter as they are planted then. I know Kmart gets them in plastic bags about that time, together with strawberry plants.
04 May 11, Alexis (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Lizzy - hope my reply (a year later!) is still useful: Diggers Club (google them to find their online shop) sells both seeds and crowns of several interesting varieties. I sowed some of their asparagus 'fat bastard' seeds (that's their real name!) into seed trays three weeks ago here in Melbourne, and they've just germinated. (April sowing doesn't look like it's recommended by this site, so I'll see how they go surviving the winter in their seed trays. Here's hoping!)
04 Jun 11, Pat. R (Australia - temperate climate)
you can buy online from diggers club: happy planting!
15 Jul 10, peter (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Seeing as asparagus takes so long to be ready to harvest, can any one give a guide as to how much room to devote to them? We need enough for two. Any ideas?
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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!!

- Teash

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