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Oct 29, 2016 6:42 AM CST
We're moving this winter and hope to dig up, store, and transplant in the spring. Can we? how do we store the crowns? Hunt we're staying in VT, no root cellar available either.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oct 29, 2016 9:50 AM CST

How long have your asparagus been in their location? I have dug up and moved mature asparagus plants but they get huge and its not easy. I've never trying storing them for the winter.
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Oct 29, 2016 9:52 AM CST
How long has your asparagus been in the ground at the present house? It might be so intertwined that you will damage the crowns trying to dig them up. Asparagus likes to dig itself in and stay put. You also will probably sacrifice a couple of years' harvest getting your new patch going again. It might be worthwhile to just buy new crowns in the spring.

As long as the tops have died back (turned brown and crispy) then the plants are dormant and you can dig them. I'd wash the soil off them, let dry a bit then store in sterile potting mix in paper bags in the fridge or somewhere very cool but not freezing. A little moisture around the roots would be good but you don't want them to be soggy, so maybe just barely moisten the potting mix.

Plant them out as early in spring as you possibly can work the soil. If it's still workable when you move, planting right away would probably be the best possible solution but in VT that's not likely, right?

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