The Q&A Archives: Planting Asparagus

Question: I ordered some Asparagus roots, but won't be able to plant them where I planned because we are building a house. Can I store them for a year and plant them in the fall, or can I plant them somewhere else and transplant them when the house is done in August? Any guidance will be very appreciated.

Answer: Your plants will not survive the summer in storage, so plant them as soon as you receive them, even though it will be a temporary location. Your Asparagus crowns will go through some transplant shock when lifted and replanted, which means you won't be able to harvest as soon as you would if they were simply planted in a permanent bed. But, for the health of the roots, the plants must be allowed to develop foliage over the summer months. The foliage will die at the end of the season, but not before it has supplied the roots with some nourishment. Mulch the bed well during the winter months and transplant your Asparagus crowns to their permanent location in the early spring.

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