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Llednewwood
Sep 18, 2017 3:32 PM CST
My asparagus ferns turned brown as usual about three weeks ago so I mowed them, racked up the debris and discarded. About a week later I noticed fresh spears which I have been harvesting for about two weeks. Has anyone else experienced this?
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DaisyI
Sep 18, 2017 6:43 PM CST
Welcome!

You don't say where you live but, where I'm from, Asperagus always have a spring crop and a fall crop. Never harvest anything smaller in diameter than a pencil.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 18, 2017 10:02 PM CST
@Llednewwood - welcome to NGA.

Where are you located? My asparagus plants never seem to turn brown, I normally just finally cut them down in late October. But yes, I do get some late-sprouting spears.
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GenXNEGeorgia
Sep 28, 2017 1:06 AM CST
Llednewwood said:My asparagus ferns turned brown as usual about three weeks ago so I mowed them, racked up the debris and discarded. About a week later I noticed fresh spears which I have been harvesting for about two weeks. Has anyone else experienced this?


Welcome! I'll be learning along with you because I want to grow asparagus next year! nodding
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Sep 28, 2017 5:51 AM CST
GenXNEGeorgia said:

Welcome! I'll be learning along with you because I want to grow asparagus next year! nodding


The idea of a Fall asparagus crop by cutting down the stalks never occurred to me before. But my 25 year old bed petered out a few years ago. Maybe I will replant.

Do the roots seem to wear out with the 2nd harvest?
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Weedwhacker
Sep 28, 2017 8:27 AM CST
Not that I've ever noticed.

I think the most important thing is to be sure to let some stalks from each plant grow to "feed" the roots for the next season. I also use compost and fertilizer on my patch in the spring, and mulch with grass clippings in the fall (after cleaning out the weeds).
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Sep 28, 2017 9:21 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:Not that I've ever noticed.

I think the most important thing is to be sure to let some stalks from each plant grow to "feed" the roots for the next season. I also use compost and fertilizer on my patch in the spring, and mulch with grass clippings in the fall (after cleaning out the weeds).


OK, that will sure pack some new energy into the roots. I will replant in Spring.

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