Tips for Harvesting Asparagus!


Asparagus is easy to grow requiring little care. Just follow these harvesting tips and you too can have a great asparagus patch.
Colorful new shoots of asparagus
When do I harvest?
This kind of depends on whether you planted your asparagus from seed or bought 1 year old crowns. Certainly the seeded asparagus will need more time until you reap the benefit of your own asparagus patch. Many experts recommend waiting until the third season to start harvesting. With planted crowns, it may be OK to lightly harvest in the second season.
Bigger diameter than a pencil? You can pick.
You will be harvesting in the spring with the new growth. Fully mature asparagus patches can be picked for up to eight weeks. After that the plant needs to grow and replenish itself for the next season. We are in Minnesota and use the 4th of July as a cutoff for our asparagus picking. This is an easy date to remember and is about the right time period too.
Our patch is about 8ft by 5ft.
The asparagus plant grows into a large wispy plant that is interesting if not beautiful. Definitely distinctive in the garden. In the fall the plant turns golden yellow. We enjoy the asparagus plants for the texture and color they add to the garden.
New Growth!
How do I harvest my asparagus?
Asparagus has both male and female plants. It is recommended that you know what you have growing in your garden. The female asparagus plant will produce a red berry late in the season. The male plant will produce thicker and longer spears which is more desirable.
We pick our patch about every 3 days.
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