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Growing Asparagus

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 61°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 16 inches 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

24 Apr 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have 3 beautiful plants growing now, ready to sell, 8 mths old, Bundaberg Qld lol. Try Bunnings or check with a local nursery if they get them in. Asparagus are normally planted late winter or early spring. If buying from Bunnings ask when will they have them in. Cost about $8-9 a crown. Asparagus die back in winter and start shooting in spring. Go on the internet and read up about growing them.
28 Apr 20, robert Graham dennis (Australia - temperate climate)
thank you for reply very helpful
08 Apr 20, KArin Duthie (Australia - temperate climate)
I have asparagus seeds - when should I plant the seeds? What is the best orientation and spacing?
09 Apr 20, Anon (Australia - temperate climate)
Spring, 30-40 cm apart, full sun.
01 Apr 20, Barb (Australia - arid climate)
I do two picks of my patch one now (mid march) the other later in the year does any one else do this an how many weeks do they usually pick for my dad use to pick for 4/6 weeks but friend only picks 2 or so whos right lol thanks
02 Apr 20, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I'm sub tropical. My plants are 3 years old. I cut the old growth off late August, new spears shoot soon after. I pick for about 6 weeks - the ferns get away from me. This year in January I cut my ferns off and picked asparagus for about a month. The important part is to let the ferns grow and store food back into the crowns for next spring. If you over pick the spears or pick them too long it will not give the plant time to build the crown for next year.
20 Mar 20, Faye McPeak (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I divide asparagus plants and when do I do it. I live on The Central Coast of NSW Thank you all in advance.
22 Mar 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have just read that you can divide into 1/4 or 1/2 but not to pick spears the first year after dividing. Do it in the early spring. Google about it and read.
29 Feb 20, Melchior Henn (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where can I buy asparagus heads. I live in Heidelberg Western Cape. Nearest possible supplier please.
02 Mar 20, Anon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
The asparagus head is the shoot that comes out of the soil in spring time. You eat that part. To plant asparagus you need seeds or better you buy asparagus crowns (a bulb) usually about 6-9mtns old. Ask at your nursery or big gardening stores when will they have them in. You usually plant them in the early spring.
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Have dug up a dozen thriving Asparagus plants. Needed to move out of existing bed. Shall the dirt around roots be washed off or left undisturbed? Old heirloom type so need to save successfully. Only a few Spring shoots emerging right now. Thank for your help. Zone B

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