I'm not really sure what to do with these - I've had them under a week, but due to the horrible weather (torrential rain and strong winds), I've not managed to plant them yet so they are in my flat.

When I got them, they weren't even showing through the compost...

I'm worried that if I plant them now, they might snap!

Any help / advice would be great.


Derek =D





  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,604

    Where are you intending to plant them?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • WeeDeecWeeDeec Posts: 12

    In a raised bed - 1.8m x 0.9m

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Are they from seed? I'd plant them out before it gets too late. Make sure you prepare the bed first very, very well with plenty of compost and organic material. Asparagus beds are long-term propositions. Once the asparagus is in situ you won't get another chance to improve the soil beyond top-dressing.

    Let the ferns grow up in this first season. Don't harvest anything. If the spot is exposed, you might need to support them.

  • How deep is the bed?

  • WeeDeecWeeDeec Posts: 12


    I dont think they are from seed - they were bought at a nursery. I would assume 1 year old crowns.

    Raised bed technically isnt that deep - 22cm.

    Will be adding LOTS of organic matter first.



  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    Hi Derek

    The only crowns I've bought wouldn't fit into small pots like that. They're all roots. Regardless, the trench for planting needs to be at least 20cm deep.

  • WeeDeecWeeDeec Posts: 12

    oh ok - so do you think my raised bed isnt deep enough?

  • ItalophileItalophile Posts: 1,647

    The trench is as deep as you need to go. The tried and true method - with crowns - is to add a low ridge to the bottom of the trench and lay the roots down either side of the ridge. After that, it's a process of filling in the trench. As long as the roots have somewhere to go as they grow over the years.

  • WeeDeecWeeDeec Posts: 12

    cool - thanks for the advice

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