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Adam Moore
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I moved this spring and was unable to plant any asparagus. I notice that many companies are selling asparagus to be planted in the fall. Looks like they ship in November for my zone. But I thought the asparagus was to be mounded up a little at a time as it grew taller. How does this work for fall plantings since it does not grow the top till spring? Should I just wait till spring?

Thanks for the help!
 
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My asparagus are all full of red berries now, so I too would like an answer to this question. I presume the berries fall off and germinate and grow some roots over the winter so they can be ready to send up a shoot in the spring. Is there a technique to use to get a good germination rate? For the last few years, I have had lots of berries in the fall, but when spring comes, there don't seem to be any more new crowns sprouting than the previous year.
 
Alex Ames
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Go ahead and plant. There are plenty of youtube videos on how to plant
Asparagus so look at some of them. Once they are in the ground they take over
all the work. I have discovered they won't grow until they are in ground!
 
Scott Strough
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Adam Moore wrote:I moved this spring and was unable to plant any asparagus. I notice that many companies are selling asparagus to be planted in the fall. Looks like they ship in November for my zone. But I thought the asparagus was to be mounded up a little at a time as it grew taller. How does this work for fall plantings since it does not grow the top till spring? Should I just wait till spring?

Thanks for the help!
Yes you can but make sure it is after the first good strong frost but before the soil freezes. Dig down 6 inches and place the asparagus root side downward after spreading them out like a fan. Fill back with a mixture of soil and well aged compost, and the cover the soil with a good 3 to 6 inches of CHOPPED leaves. Next spring you should have a nice asparagus bed, but don't pick any that first year.
 
Adam Moore
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Thanks for tips everyone. Seems like planting in the fall is not much different than planting in the spring. Time to put in an order.
 
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