Help With Asparagus

osboadaMay 25, 2011

I planted my asparagus trench last night and the package didnt say how far apart to plant them. I dug a 6x6 trench and spread out the roots so they werent overlapping, but right next to eachother. Now i'm reading they must be 8 inches apart. Does this mean from center to center, or from edge of roots to edge of roots.


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Generally speaking I measure from the entire clump of the plant. You don't have to be that precise for the veggies. But each small plant now will grow over time into a clump of about 8" in diameter and more as the plant ages. Asparagus is a long life perennial that can grow for 20+ years. I've planted mine a good foot apart for future years. The first summer in the middle I plant other small veggies to utilize the space and help shade the asparagus from the summer heat.


    Bookmark   May 30, 2011 at 9:29AM
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Foodtomax(Mid North Coast NSW)

Hi I look forward to my asparagus season and plant more every year. I let them develop for 3 years without picking. Each clump develops to nearly 3 feet wide and up to five feet high so plant them as far apart as you have space. I find thay are quite tough plants once they establish. Cheers Max

    Bookmark   August 21, 2011 at 2:46AM
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I thought it was suggested 18" apart. Mine are 12" and way too close.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2011 at 11:35PM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

What other care do they need? Do they like acid/alkaline? Wet/dry? There are a few 1-2 year old plants already established in our new place, lucky us.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2011 at 11:55PM
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They don't like it wet. Loose better draining soil is best.

I am growing about 20 in 12" pots. so basically they are 12" apart. They feed pretty voraciously and are doing quite well. I would suggest an 18" separation for optimal spacing between ferns, mine seems to be a little crowded, but not complaining. The greating the spacing the greater the yield per plant but the lower the yield per square foot. So it is a trade off. I'm still first year and itching to try some. The new spears are thumb size in diameter and begging to get snapped, but I have resisted so far.
I have pests galore! The battle is non-stop with every other plant I have. Aspargus, no problems at all! The only issue I have had is, racoons/opossums stealing the odd spear or two. They seem to have quit and moved on to greener pastures.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 2:09AM
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skyjs(z8 OR, USA)

Keep them watered during the sunny hot summer weather. Mine shriveled up without enough water. We are hot and dry in summer. They like neutral to alkaline soil. A very rewarding plant.
John S

    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 11:09PM
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