Vegetables and Fruit forum: Cutting back asparagus

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Pennsyltucky
May 28, 2017 1:40 PM CST
Our asparagus bed is in its third year (Central PA). After a pretty quick harvest the spears bolted really quickly when the weather was very hot in late April, and now the plants are fully ferned out and have flowered.

With the weather having moderated, I wonder if it would be okay to cut it back and see if another crop comes up. Of course, I want something to come back up, so the plants can photosynthesize through the summer -- I have not been cutting them back until they turn yellow in the fall.

Thanks!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jun 3, 2017 4:08 PM CST
You've been doing right. They take several yrs before you get good size spears. Depending on your growing season, you only harvest for 1 or 2 months when they start sending up spears. Then you let them grow, till end of year, so they can grow roots, for next springs harvest.
You'll ruin next years harvest, if you try to get second harvest this year.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 3, 2017 6:59 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Pennsyltucky .

I wouldn't cut down the stalks that have already gone to "ferns," but after I've quit harvesting for the year (usuallly around the 4th of July for me) my plants often send up more stalks that are large enough to pick. Just don't pick anything smaller than a regular pencil and you should be okay. And don't forget that your asparagus needs some fertilizer, and mulch is also very beneficial. Smiling
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