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Asparagus Seedlings

Being new to gardening (and very enthusiastic!) I have been trying out lots of different vegetable plants.  A few weeks ago, I planted some asparagus seeds, perhaps a little foolishly.  Some of these germinated and are now about 5 inches high with some ferny leaves.  Should I leave these to grow over the winter, or cut them down as I will do with my year old plants? And will they be ok to stay in an unheated greenhouse over the winter? 
Any advice would be greatly received!



  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Where did you plant them, Hayley? They would be better off in the ground, cut back in winter, mulched for protection, transplanted into the asparagus bed next spring.

  • I grew mine from seed, later in the summer as you have done. i left mine in their pots, I cut off the ferns when they died back and i protected the pots during the colder periods with fleece around the pots and under a smaller tunnel on the staging.

  • Thanks both. They are currently in pots on staging, is where I was intending to leave them until the spring. Then I was planning to move them to the bed. By the sound of what you have said, that should be ok?!
  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,731

    Sounds fine. I prefer them in the ground, that's all. The only time I used pots, the pots weren't big enough. I was a dill.


  • If you want spears (in 2 to 4 years time) you will have to put them in the ground. If you are growing them for just the ferns(for cut flowers use)then they will be quite happy in a large pot.

  • I am growing for spears, so was going to plant out in spring.
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