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surfivor:
 I just have a couple of questions as I saw some websites on asparagus. If I harvest an asparagus spear, will another one come up or will the one I cut continue to grow ?

 How do you get asparagus to spread ? Can you dig up some roots and separate it out ? Do I need to do a better job of controlling grass, weeds and other plants near the asparagus ?

 I have been planting asparagus every year for 3 years or so. The only luck I have is if I buy the roots in Maine where they sell them and you can see they are alive by the growth on the roots. If I buy the roots from a box at home depot, they seem dried up and nearly dead. I plant these roots thickly together in pots and when they start to show serious growth then I transplant them into my yard

fritz_monroe:
When you cut the spear, that spear stops growing.  The crown does not send up another to replace it, it is just sending up spears regularly.

Yes, you should take better care of getting rid of the plants around the asparagus.  It works best if you have no other plants coming up around the asparagus.

I got my crowns from a seed place, not the big box store and they still looked like dried up roots.

CharlesH:
They spread very slowly for me.  That’s a good thing because I have them planted where I want them.  Mine are very prolific and we eat asparagus virtually every night for a month, have soup on the weekend. Dehydrate some for soup, and give lots to friends.  That’s about 3 50’ rows.

surfivor:


I have one plant that puts up 5 spears. If I picked two or three of those, would the plant put up more spears to compensate? What if I picked all 5 ? Does picking the spears adversely effect the plants or their ability to spread ?

surfivor:

--- Quote from: CharlesH on May 06, 2019, 06:35:03 PM ---They spread very slowly for me.  That’s a good thing because I have them planted where I want them.  Mine are very prolific and we eat asparagus virtually every night for a month, have soup on the weekend. Dehydrate some for soup, and give lots to friends.  That’s about 3 50’ rows.

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Are deer, woodchucks, rabbits or other critters a problem with asparagus? I thought a friend of mine had said deer eat his asparagus. It seems one time something ate one of the big spears a couple years ago in my yard but I don’t know how common that is

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