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Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Jul 31, 2016 9:44 AM CST
I started an asparagus bed this spring; 5 feet by 20, 25 two year old crowns. I prepared the soil very well, double dug, added compost, tested ph, etc.
Here is my question: my asparagus is still sending up new shoots. Is this normal? It has been a VERY dry June & July; almost no rain to speak of. I read that adequate water is particularly important the first year of planting & I have been trying to water. It is difficult because all water must be hand pumped and lugged from the well at the CG. So, maybe it is my imagination but I think I get new shoots every time I water the asparagus.....Is it normal for asparagus to be still sending up shoots? Or is it because I am not watering enough & asparagus is trying to catchup?
Aug 1, 2016 4:09 PM CST
|If the asparagus is still sending up ferns, it means it's happy.|
Quite a bit easier to grow up there than down here.... Mine set all those little red balls, but very few stalks...
You think it's dry up your way... I have a rose of Sharon that dropped all it's leaves in June... Still blooming, though.... Flowers on bare branches...
Massachusetts (Zone 6a)
Aug 1, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Thank you so much for answering my question. It has been very dry here...hardly any rain all of June & July, & temps in the 90's...very unusual for New England. Your reply has heartened me. I'll just keep trying to lug buckets of water as often as I can.
I am sorry you are experiencing drought as well. I checked out your website & it looks like it is a long term situation that you are trying to adjust to. Your website was interesting.
Aug 1, 2016 6:19 PM CST
|Yep, that's normal. They might be a little close together but they wouldn't notice that for a year or so. Or I'm just paranoid about that because my asparagus killed off the other one that was too close. |
Let the shoots fern and grow, the plants are gaining energy.
Aug 1, 2016 10:08 PM CST
|I agree, it basically means your plants are happy.|
I usually stop picking around the 4th of July -- by that time most of the shoots coming up are quite thin and we have pretty much glutted ourselves on asparagus; perfectly okay if they are still growing.
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