Asparagus - Knowledgebase Question

Orland Park, Il
Question by papapazda604
March 25, 2010
Can I grow them in Chicago? Zone 3-6 I think? If yes, any tips?

Answer from NGA
March 25, 2010


The most commonly grown perennial vegetables in Illinois are asparagus and rhubarb. Asparagus should be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. Choose a sunny garden site and plant the crowns in an upright position six inches deep in a 12 to 18-inch-wide trenches that are spaced 9 to 12 inches apart and covered with two inches of soil.

The asparagus spears should be harvested when five to eight inches long from the third year after planting for a short period of time. But, in the fourth year and thereafter, spears can be harvested through June.

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