The Q&A Archives: Asparagus from Seed

Question: I would like to start growing asparagus this year. I need to know if I can seed directly outside in a garden area or must I start them indoors and then transplant outside? I've also heard I must soak the seeds before planting, is this necessary? Leandrea McKinney Springfield, MA

Answer: Asparagus seed can be sown indoors in midwinter or outdoors in a seedbed. Space the seed 1 inch apart and 1/2 inch deep. If growing them outdoors, allow them to grow for one year. Transplant to a spacing of 1 foot. In either case, soak the seed first in tepid water overnight. it will take 3-4 years before seed started asparagus crowns will be large enough to start harvesting. Be patient.

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