Asparagus--Cut Down?

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  1. maddy

    maddy Well-Known Member

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    Do you cut down your asparagus plants as winter approaches? If so, when? To what height?
     
  2. 7thswan

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    I cut it right down to the ground. I also pile up everything in the garden and burn it.
     

  3. Belfrybat

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    I wait until it is brown and dried then cut it down to the ground. In my climate that is often late December.
     
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    We leave it up all winter and cut it to the ground in the early spring. The ferns "catch" snow and the snow insulates the ground which protects the asparagus root from freezing out.
     
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    I cut it down ( to the ground) when it pleases me. Sometimes it's fall and sometimes...it's spring. I like them to get brown..but if they are almost brown and I'm out there cleaning up. Away they go.
     
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    We also leave them uncut all Winter for the insulating value. I've read that cutting them down either time is fine.
     
  7. Homesteader

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    We wait until at least the birds have eaten all the red berries off of it. We have 200 linear feet of it, and it's a pain to cut it down, but we do it cuz fresh asparagus is sooooo good.

    Especially raw.
     
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    Especially raw purple passion!
     
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    Can asparagus be dug up in early spring and replanted or is it best to wait until late summer or fall?

    I'm thinking of moving my beds to a more sunny location with more access to water.
     
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    If there any problems with asparagus beetles, standard procedure is to entirely remove all vegetation and dispose of it, preferably by burning. Adults winter over in the hollow stems of plants and become active about the same time that spears are emerging. If one desires to mulch their beds, just about anything except the old plants should be used.

    Martin
     
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    Asparagus can be dug up and transplanted any time that the plant is dormant. That covers from about 2 months ago until an axe is needed to chop out a big block of soil. Do not wait until spring as that will set the plant back and delay production.

    Martin
     
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    These are dormant. Mainly waiting on my round-to-it ... it has been ordered but not yet arrived.
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    Any time between now and early March is good for me in regards to clean up. Early April brings forth fruit ;)

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  14. Danaus29

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    Good to know. Had problems with those until the wasps started picking off the beetle larvae. I've got a pile of honeysuckle that will need to be burned off before spring.

    Another question, when do you mulch it? Now, after the ground freezes or spring before the spears appear?
     
  15. Paquebot

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    My source was mulched a month ago, as soon as leaves started falling. Discarded plants were stuffed into 2 large plastic bags and went out a week ago during the city leaf pick up. There were asparagus beetles 4 or 5 years ago but haven't seen one since.

    Martin
     
  16. Danaus29

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    Ok, thanks. I know what I'll be doing this week.