The Q&A Archives: Transplanting Asparagus

Question: We have some well established asparagus growing in a terribly inconvenient spot in our yard, so we've prepared a raised bed for it in another part of the yard. Is it best to transplant in the fall or the spring? If we transplant in the fall, will we be able to harvest it again sooner?

Answer: You'd be better off transplanting your asparagus after the foliage dies down and while the plant is slightly dormant, so wait until late fall or early winter. Mature asparagus crowns may be shocked enough by being transplanted that they won't produce the first year after being moved, but you can harvest if they do develop spears. To plant the crowns, dig wide planting trenches 6-8 inches deep. Place small mounds of soil in the bottom of the trenches, spaced 1 1/2 - 2 feet apart, and put one crown on each mound so the tentacle-like roots drape over the soil. Cover with soil, water them well to help settle them, and then mulch the area to help suppress weeds.

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