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Asparagus Information
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Scientific Name

Asparagus officinalis

Size

Small

Hardiness

Zones 3 and warmer

Spacing

1-2' apart; rows 3-4' apart

Light

Full sun

Soil

Well-drained; pH 6.5-7.5

So you are ready to plant asparagus? Well, you have come to the right place. We've all the information you will need to get started and care for your plants. Remember you can post in the forum if you have any questions.

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Caring for Your PlantsEdit

Cultivate when necessary to control grass and weeds to insure a good crop of large spears. During the harvest period, asparagus can withstand shallow cultivation. Most weed management can be achieved chemically. For details see the N. C. Agricultural Chemicals Manual or contact your county Cooperative Extension agent. Each spring just before the spears start to grow, broadcast a complete fertilizer such as 5-10-10 on the bed at the rate of 2 to 5 lb per 100 ft2. This should be done about March 1 for the east and 2 weeks later for the rest of the state. Give the bed a second application of fertilizer at the end of the cutting season.

Allow the plants to grow until they have turned brown. Then cut down the fern and destroy it. If cut down before frost the next year's crop of spears is reduced

Do not harvest asparagus the first growing season after planting crowns. It can be harvested (cut) for short time (not to exceed two weeks) the second year. Weak plants and small spears result from harvesting too much, too early. After the second year after planting crowns, harvest asparagus from 6 to 8 weeks each year. Weak plants should be harvested for less time.

Exercise care in cutting the spears to prevent damage to those spears that have not yet emerged. Cut or snap the spears at ground level. This practice eliminates the possibility of damaging other spears.

Nutritional InformationEdit

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