asparagus question - Knowledgebase Question

oakdale, CT
Question by annastaggs06
May 8, 2010
i am growing asparagus for the first time and it has reached over 8 inches in height the stalks are extremely thin and have finger like branches coming off them is this supposed to happen ? if not what should be done?

also i purchased a rose bush last year that never flowered how should/ could i go about reviving it?
thank you

Answer from NGA
May 8, 2010


What you describe is perfectly normal. Asparagus crowns produce pencil thin spears their first year in the ground. If the spears are not harvested they will develop feathery foliage. The foliage then manufactures energy and transports it back to the crown of the plant to help it grow larger and stronger. Leave the foliage alone. It will die down in the winter and act as an insulating mulch over the crowns of the plants. In the late winter rake it away from the plants. Next spring the plants will develop more stalks. You can harvest some but you'll want to leave some to develop into foliage so they can replenish the crowns.

If your rose bush has not flowered it may not be getting enough sunshine. Roses need about 8 hours of direct sun.

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