Help! I need an asparagus expert!

comments (2) May 2nd, 2013

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teddyc teddyc, member
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I planted several Jersey Giant crowns in a trench of good organic soil. I was expecting several shoots from each crown to emerge at roughly the same time, at which point I would put a couple more inches of soil over it, and go from there until the trench was filled, etc... but so far, each crown has only sprouted ONE shoot. As I waited for other shoots to emerge before adding more soil, the existing shoots grew so tall as to not be coverable!

Question: should I go ahead and add more soil, expecting the other shoots to eventually come up, or should I clip the existing shoots (thinking that this might encourage the crowns to produce more shoots)?

posted in: Asparagus Quandry!

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OLPHART writes: My asparagus bed suffered two very hot and dry summers in a row. Would it hurt if I just fed and weeded the plants this year to give them a breather and let the crowns soak up some nutrients. We have already had more rain up to May 15 than we had all last year.

Posted: 1:31 pm on May 15th
Antonio_Reis writes: Hello teddyc. Here's an answer from our senior editor Danielle:

I would go ahead and cover them up to the level they should be buried. Sometimes in the first year you'll only get one or two sprouts per crown--next year he/she should see more, and then by the third year they'll have a healthy full plant. Asparagus is much like ornamental perennials: First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap.
Posted: 8:15 am on May 3rd
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