Last year, I planted my first-ever asparagus crown. I planted it in a
huge pot and it lived part of the time in a glass-walled back porch and
part of the time in the garden.
It did very well. As advised, I let it grow all year and didn't cut any
of the shoots (even though it was oh-so-tempting). When it started to
get cold, I brought it back into the enclosed porch. (I was so amazed
at what it did after the spear stage - it was like a big amazing
asparagus frond explosion!)
Anyway, over the winter, I ended up having to do a lot of travelling and
wasn't around to water it. The plant dried out completely. (The person
watering my plants didn't know there was an asparagus on the back
I'm back now and wondered if there was any way to tell whether or not
the plant is completely dead. It looks dead, but from reading wikipedia
and garden websites, it appears that asparagus naturally dies off and
resprouts every year anyway which got me hopeful that it might still
have some life left in it.
Is there any way to tell whether I've killed it or if it's just lying
dormant, waiting for spring? If anyone has any advice on what I might
be able to do to make it happy again, I'd much appreciate it!
Apolgoies, I am a /very/ new to gardening and don't even know what I
don't know at this stage! : )
Many, many thanks! I'll leave it in the container and keep my fingers
Thanks for the advice about the weather as well. Last year was my first
year trying to grow things and so I think I got a bit over cautious
about a number of things. If this little guy is still alive, I'll
probably look at planting him outside at some point.
Again, many thanks! : )
The one thing you never told us is where you are. You planted 1 crown? How
do you buy 1 crown? I've done two plantings of asparagus. One, 20 years
ago, and one this past summer. Each planting consisted of at least 7-9
crowns. That's how the come packaged here. (I'm in Texas) Asparagus crowns
are planted reasonably deep. Usually 5 to 7 inches deep in soil. They are
cold hardy, so in all likelihood they will survive the winter. They will
start coming up in early spring. The older ones I have start coming up in
mid March. I feed them only organic fertilizer and lots of compost. Some
are as big around as my thumb. I stop cutting them when they are as big
around as pencils. Then I let them grow and make the tall fronds. Letting
them grow gives energy to the roots for next year. When it freezes, they
will die back to soil level. That's when you cut them off and mulch them
with compost if possible. It feeds them, and helps insulate them from the
cold. They are quite hardy. Don't coddle them. Plant into the earth.
More than one. They are heavy feeders, so fertilize them on a regular
basis. They need consistent watering, but don't like wet feet.
Well drained soil is best. Don't be afraid....go for it.
Depending on how long it was dry, it may be ok...
if it's in a pot, pull it out and look at it. If it's still supple, it will
probably be ok. Soak it in water for at least an hour, then plant it in the
soil. They like full sun if possible.
When they start coming up in the spring they're amazing.
People don't believe it, but, in the spring, mine grow 3 inches a day. Not
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