The Q&A Archives: Planting Asparagus Crowns

Question: How do I tell which side of the asparagus crown is up? my wife planted the crowns upside down a few years ago, and <br>became the joke of the neighborhood. Don't let this happen<br>to me!!

Answer: Asparagus crowns do look a bit peculiar when you first unpack them. New growth will come from the top of the crown, opposite from the long roots. When planting, just drape the tentacle-like roots over a small mound of soil in the prepared trench, and cover the crown and roots with about two-inches of soil. Continue adding soil every two weeks until the soil is slightly mounded above surface level (to allow for settling).

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