Some info and a question:
Info: I have some asparagus seed (UC157) that has been in my fridge
for 10 years old. Put it on paper towel kept damp 3 weeks ago and have
more than 50% sprouted with more looking probable. Wow!
Question: I also have some mature plants fron the same original batch
of seed, that I want to divide & move at the end of the season. Any
advice on this, and on how soon I can reasonably harvest from the
relocated plants, would be welcome.
If you are over 50 or like to eat asparagus, I would just eat the
sprouts and buy serious rhizomes.
If you have runty little shoots to plant, you might save a year or two.
We have done both and it was a waste of time.
When we moved out to the country, we bought the biggest, most expensive
rhizomes we could find and ate a few nice big stalks the first year.
After that it was more than we could eat ever since.
I just took some pics of our asparagus patch for a future Photo of the
Week. We have been harvesting for about a week now (Northern Illinois)
and stop on June 1 to let it build up for next year.
This is without a doubt the crown jewel of our garden. We pig out on
the stuff and pickle what we can't eat. It is a waste of good asparagus
to freeze it. We have omelets for breakfast and roast it for dinner and
tonite it was asparagus cheese crepes.
Can't wait for breakfast,
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|If you are over 50 or like to eat asparagus, I would just eat the
|sprouts and buy serious rhizomes.
Haha - you must be expecting a short life. I'm 70. Im very happy with
the plants I've raised from seed, and hope to enjoy raising more. To
each his/her own, I guess.
| It is a waste of good asparagus to freeze it.
We consider it a waste to do anything other than eat it raw. Can't
imagine what it would be like after freezing then thawing. Yuk. But to
each his/her own.
So what do you know about dividing and/or moving mature plants?
|Right. I raised ferns from spores and it was years before they
|enough even to put out.
Spores? I've used roots (rhizomes?) & seeds but I don't know beans
|How long did it take from seed say.... 3/4" shoots?
That's 3 to 4 inch, not three quarters, haha? A year I think but of
course you don't harvest them for at least a couple of years. If you
plant seed you'll be just a year behind where you would be if you
planted one-year-old roots - duh :) or two years behind two-year-olds
which is what I think most nurseries sell.
|Ours is not spreading very much but jest seems to get denser each
I do too; AND I'm spreading quite a bit.
Hey, Bill, put me out of my misery.
I tried to look up "cloribus" in my battered old
Latin dictionary, but no luck, and no Latinist, I.
I assume it's a declined form? Of what?
O Gott, o Gott,
As promised, a new mistake. Coloribus gustibus non disputatum ( Of
colors and taste, you can't dispute). People like what they like and it
isn't open to logical debate.
I got tired of typing it, so I just cut and paste it now. Of course it
just had to have a typo in it. Well, hopefully, that is my humility
lesson for the day and it is out of the way now.
Thanks for the catch.
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
Latin words free.
Download a free Latin-English-Latin dictionary program for your PC or
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analysis/morphology (declension, conjugation, case, tense, etc.) of each
word individually, the dictionary form, and the translation (meaning).
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Us "Left Coasters" just love our Macs. But you Bill. Couldn't you just
divert your eyes or something instead of patronizingly offering me a
My corn is calling.
Coloribus gustibus non disputatum (mostly)
The Spanish Inquisition? Nobody expects . . .
Si hoc signum legere potes, operis boni in rebus Latinis alacribus et
fructuosis potiri potes!
(If you can read this sign, you can get a good job in the fast-paced,
high-paying world of Latin!)
Yada yada yada
De rebus non disputanda (or words to that effect):
What has been started here?
No good will come of this.
When I referred to this as a gardening FORUM, I didn't expect .......
(Sorry, this is double posted.)
I had an asparagus bed for about 30 years. The heavy rains in the
winter of 2004-2005 caused the plants to rot. However, they dropped
seeds. We picked our first crop from the seedlings this year.
If you divide a clump, you should treat both the relocated plants and
those kept in the original location as if they were freshly planted from
bare-root crowns. If your winters are severe, wait until spring;
otherwise, divide in the fall or winter. Plant them in holes or
trenches with the crowns about 6-8 inches below normal ground level.
Cover the crowns with about 2 inches of soil, leaving the remaining soil
mounded next to the planting hole with the hole unfilled. When the
shoots appear in the spring, slowly add the mounded soil back into the
hole without covering the growing tips.
Do not harvest that first year. In following years, harvest until the
new shoots become thin. In the second year, you might harvest 4-6
weeks. After then, the harvest period might be 8-10 weeks.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
On Wed, 25 Apr 2007 18:17:32 -0700, "David E. Ross"
|I had an asparagus bed for about 30 years. The heavy rains in the
|winter of 2004-2005 caused the plants to rot. However, they
|seeds. We picked our first crop from the seedlings this year.
They self-seeded? Nifty!
Thanks for the info on dividing & re-planting the roots. What can you
tell me about the actual technique of dividing: Where & how to cut,
what size divisions etc. Or will it be obvious when I dig them up?
I'm on Vancouver Island - zone 7 trending towards 8.
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