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?


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Answer from NGA
March 25, 2010

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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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