Asparagus harvesting

gjcore(zone 5 Aurora Co)April 23, 2010

I planted these asparagus from crowns last spring. I thought I was supposed to wait until the third year to begin harvesting. Maybe I'm counting wrong. Is it the beginning of the third year or the end of?

If I should have started harvesting this year is it too late?

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Dan Staley

No, this is the second season, in general you can do a few but not a full harvest if you did the Jersey series or any of the Martha Washingtons or those types. If you did an heirloom bit from mail-order crowns, maybe less than half. But looking at that bed you aren't ready for a full harvest. You'll be happier taking a few spears for the fam and waiting until next year, then you'll be really happy.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 5:21PM
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gjcore(zone 5 Aurora Co)

dan_staley thanks for the advice. It was what I was thinking also however I've done some reading that says a 2 week harvest in the 2nd year encourages more robust growth.

I imagine they'll be just fine largely left alone this year.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 6:38PM
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