The Q&A Archives: Expected Sprouting Time for Asparagus

Question: We planted our asparagus roots on April 26. The roots have been in the ground for 3 weeks, but nothing is showing. Is this normal? Should we get replacement roots and replant? Thank you. Carl

Answer: It would probably be a good idea to replant. There are a few things that might have happened. Often the plants that you purchase are inconsistent in size and vigor. It is a good idea to buy more than you need and try to pick out only the best ones. Secondly, we have had a very cold, wet spring here in the northeast. Your plants might have gone in the ground a little too early and suffered from these conditions. It is best to set them out around the time you transplant your tomatoes. Lastly, they might have been buried too deeply. There is some disagreement on this matter, but it is now more often believed that the 8" depth can be too deep, especially if the soil is at all heavy. Try 2" at first, gradually building up as the plants grow. Finally, be patient. My asparagus that has been in the ground for 7 years has yet to emerge this spring in Vermont. The cool weather is the culprit!

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