aspagagus question

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by steff bugielski, May 15, 2005.

  1. steff bugielski

    steff bugielski Well-Known Member

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    I have about 10 asparagus crowns that I planted 4-5 yrs ago. They are doing great. My problem is how far spreading does one crown get. I planned to leave the first spear to grow but I now am wondering if this is all the same crown in about a 3ft area. Or do they multiply by sending new plants. How many new spears do I leave.
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  2. Bruce in NE

    Bruce in NE Well-Known Member

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    "I have about 10 asparagus crowns that I planted 4-5 yrs ago. They are doing great. My problem is how far spreading does one crown get. I planned to leave the first spear to grow but I now am wondering if this is all the same crown in about a 3ft area. Or do they multiply by sending new plants. How many new spears do I leave.
    steff"


    Asparagus doesn't really spread in the sense that some plants regenerate by runners or roots, etc. The original crown can get quite large -- maybe the size of a softball -- and send out spears that are maybe a foot away from the crown. But I doubt that a spear can be 3 ft. from its crown.

    Normally, if the asparagus is 4-5 years old, you can harvest it all for 6-8 weeks, then quit and let it all grow out and fertilize in the late fall or early spring.