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Plant and Harvest Asparagus the Same Season

If you planted asparagus this year, you would normally have to wait 3 years before you could harvest it, but there is a way that you can plant and harvest the same season. Instead of planting the asparagus the usual 12 inch deep, try planting it with the crowns 5 or 6 inches deep. I'm gonna give it a try.



By Amuck from Fairview Heights, IL

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April 9, 20090 found this helpful

If you bought 3 year old crowns of asparagus to plant would it be possible to harvest the same year as planting? When does the clock start ticking? Does age of a plant when planted, make a difference in harvesting? I'm anxious to see if that works. Thanx for the tip! Do you happen to know if you use mulch to carry plants through winter? If you think of it would you let us know how your asparagus patch turned out?

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April 11, 20090 found this helpful

Whether you plant 3 year old or 2 year old crowns, you still have to wait until the second year before harvesting. For 1 year old crowns, some people harvest lightly the second year, some don't harvest until the third year.


Asparagus should be mulched with 2 to 3" of compost each year. After reading up on the subject a little more and seeing how much work it would be, maybe I'll let someone else try it first, and if it works for them, I'll think about giving it a try.

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