I haven't managed to plant my asparagus out yet - it is now pretty tall and spindly (I guess this is meant to happen) - I know I cut it back after it flowers / seeds.

I would like to plant it out ASAP but I am at a loss as to how I support it... winds have still been quite strong the past week. Do I wait and plant it out when the winds have died down?




  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,870

    If it had been growing outside it would have had better light and be better able to support itself, but putting a 'fence' of canes and twine around the bed is always a good idea..  

    Get it planted out as soon as possible - if it needs supporting individually use more canes and twine, but put the canes in as you plant so you can see what you're doing and don't damage the crowns.

    Don't cut it back until the ferns have turned yellow and started to die back.

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • WeeDeecWeeDeec Posts: 12

    It's had reasonable light and tbh I doubt it would have survived the amount of wind / rain and cold we have had. Even from when I got it, it was spindly and I was unsure how best to support it.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,870

    If the asparagus had been planted out you would've been earthing it up until it was ridged (as with potatoes) and this would have helped support the ferns - and even in a greenhouse the light is not as good as in the open air - that coupled with the warmer conditions inside will have resulted in lanky growth - but there is nothing you can do about that now - as I said, plant it out as soon as possible , supporting with canes and twine as necessary.  

    There is a lot of good advice on this site

    Good luck image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,929

    Asparagus is pretty hardy, you normally plant it as one year crowns in the autumn, but I imagine you have grown it from seed. When I grew asparagus it used to seed itself sometimes and the babies survived the winter outside.

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