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Drying asparagus seeds for planting in spring, and other growing asparagus questions, zone 2-3

 
Josh Shoenfeld
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How do I dry asparagus seeds? Does it reduce their success of germination? When should I plant them indoors to put outside in Zone 2-3. Thanks.
 
Jordan Lowery
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Plant in the fall, they will do nothing all winter, come spring they will grow. If in pots leave for a season and plant mid winter. If direct sowed get ready to enjoy not watering it much as the initial seed roots go deep. I have two year old plants that are growing well with no water since mid may. And no rain anywhere in the near future. Very hardy when direct sowed. One year transplants need a few years of care before they are on their own.
 
Craig Dobbelyu
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I mush the berries in water and then separate the seeds out. I dry them on wax paper and once fully dry, put them in bags for storage. I'm in zone 5 and plant my asparagus seeds indoors in January. I plant them out after danger of frost in a hole 8 inches deep and backfill the hole as the plant grows up. I've had good results. Eliot Coleman recommends planting seeds indoors as early as possible so as to have plants as big as possible as early as possible. This will give you a reasonable harvest in the second year as opposed to the third year from direct seeding. Best of luck.
 
Jeffrey Hodgins
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I'm in ontario and I have already planted all of my asperogus seeds in pots. Will transplant into the garden in the fall. Onions chives and leeks can be done the same way, onions may winter kill if it's a bad winter.
 
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