Does anyone else have trouble with asparagus plants that get bent over
I planted asparagus last year and have let them fern out, but the
plants get so tall (seems about 4-5 feet) that they blow over in the
winds. I'm afraid this will damage the plants.
A friend told me NOT to stake them because it would make the plant
weaker. But I'm thinking if the fern snaps in two before it can suck up
enough energy for next year that would be worse.
Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions?
Yes. I am in Kansas and it gets blown over all the time. I just let them
lay on the ground and do their thing. I have been doing that for 3 years
now and am still getting a lot to eat each spring.
I stake mine because, otherwise, they block the sprinklers and get in
the way of weeding adjacent areas.
My edible asparagus goes dormant in the winter, so issues about the
strength of individual ferns are not important. When they yellow in the
late fall or early winter, I cut them back, leaving about 6-9 inches of
stubs as markers for where I should look for shoots the following spring.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
We put in a few stakes then tie them together with string to keep the
tall ferns from falling out into the lawn. I don't think it makes any
difference as to the strength of the shoots. You do want your ferns to
gather sunlight and build stronger roots for the following year,
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