Propagating Asparagus: Is It Worth The Wait? Propagating Asparagus: Is It Worth The Wait?
Asparagus takes a long time to produce sprouts for harvest. If you like asparagus, it is well worth the wait for this fresh grown treat.
How to grow asparagus
It takes a lot of time and preparation to grow asparagus. Starting from plants purchased from your local nursery is best, but you can start seeds indoor 12 to 14 weeks before the last frost.
- Prepare beds by digging a trench 10 to 12 inches deep and 10 inches wide. Add some aged compost. Set asparagus crowns in the spring when there is no danger of frost. Place about 2 inches of loose dirt in the trench.
- Place crowns in the trench 18 to 28 inches apart. Spread crown roots over the mound of soil. Cover with 2 more inches of dirt and compost. As sprouts grow, cover with dirt until the trench is full.
- In about 3 years, you will have your very own asparagus garden
Is it worth it?
Asparagus takes at least 3 years to produce edible sprouts. It takes a lot of care and attention during that first growth period. If you are an asparagus lover and like to garden, it is defiantly worth the wait! If you only eat asparagus occasionally, just picking some up at your local grocery store will be fine.