Answer: Taking two years before the first harvest and requiring careful soil preparation, asparagus is certainly not for the impatient! Some gardeners will soak the crowns before planting, but it is not strictly necessary. The crowns may take varying lengths of time to show growth depending on soil temperature and moisture levels and their age, so three to six weeks would not be unreasonable. Older crowns can take longer to come into growth than younger crowns.You could carefully dig down and take a look -- if the crowns are plump they are fine, just slow. In the meanitme, make sure they are kept moist but not soggy.
While they might handle all the sil being dumped on top of them at once, it would be better to take the time and effort to give them a good start -- after all, they may be in production for up to 30 years!
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