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Rogue Asparagus!

JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
Having listened to several radio and tv shows covering how hard and long you have to suffer to grow asparagus this weekend past, I’m weeding away this evening and find this!



Am I seeing things or is this really asparagus and what should I do? :smiley:
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  • ThankthecatThankthecat Posts: 421
    That's really asparagus! I have no idea what I'd do, other be glad I had some, somewhere in my garden. The 20 crowns we planted last year are missing presumed drowned :(

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,293
    edited April 2018
    Wrap it in bacon and dip it in a soft boiled egg  :p
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Feed and water it generously, enjoy the lovely foliage, don't let it fruit, and next year you might get more than one spear.  If you do, harvest no more than half of them and follow B3's suggestion.  Unless, like me, you prefer it dressed in a simple vinaigrette.
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    That's really asparagus! I have no idea what I'd do, other be glad I had some, somewhere in my garden. The 20 crowns we planted last year are missing presumed drowned :(

    Well I don’t know where it came from, but the front garden is really poor quality - rock hard soil, filled with old roots and weeds.  Only half the daffs I planted came up and flowered.  Only gets the evening sun partially.  I was going to put a bin store there in fact.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,836
    I wonder if a previous resident was a keen flower arranger ... I've known people grow just one or two crowns in order to have a supply of asparagus fern for arrangements. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    I can’t believe it’s up to my chest in just a couple of weeks - is this normal?


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,374
    Yes, they can grow like a rocket if they want to. Yours is now at the ferny/flowering stage and you have to wait till October when it goes brown before you can cut it down - that is, if you are hoping for more asparagus next year!  If not, cut it down now and go for the bin store.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    Lizzie27 said:
    Yes, they can grow like a rocket if they want to. Yours is now at the ferny/flowering stage and you have to wait till October when it goes brown before you can cut it down - that is, if you are hoping for more asparagus next year!  If not, cut it down now and go for the bin store.
    Thanks...Can they be moved?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 12,374
    I believe it can be done but I didn't have much success when I tried it last year. The roots are very big and fleshy, a bit like an octopus shape. One won't be much use either as I've read recently that you need 10 plants per person - and a lot of room.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,783
    It’s about 5’ 5” looks like it’s prepping to flower and starting to lean a bit precariously - should I tie it to some support?
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