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pclark42pclark42 Frolesworth, EnglandPosts: 158
I have been here before, Asparagus is one of my many failings, 3 years ago I planted 12 crowns, I think only 1 survived and that is in a patch where I usually grow squash, I have actually forgotten about it, last year after some advice on GW I prepared a lovely area where the soil is well-draining, I purchased 2 varieties of Asparagus (please don't ask the names) I planted  20 crowns, and they are bloody expensive, I kept a close watch on what was happening, and in a month or so some shoots began to show, I weeded the area by hand, the ferns grew about 80cm tall. We had a very dry summer, so I watered them well, the end of the season soon came, and some of the ferns turned brown and looked dead, I think I might still have 10 ferns that are green, my question is should I cut these back? is there anything else I need to do with what is left? I did quite by accident up-root a crown, and it looked dead, just like a spider and it was wet and soggy, any advice is welcome.


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,391
    Yes, cut the ferns back and the plants will rest until spring.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • @pclark42 Planting 20 crowns. Wow.
    When we moved into our home in 1987 we did plant some crowns. We had success for some years and then....nothing.
    After some years we tried again in a different area with a very sandy soil. They again did ok for a couple of years but not worth the space. We now have what we call our rogue plant as it has developed totally away from the orginally plants and we have had better cropping than ever.
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