When to plant
Asparagus can be grown in all regions, but does best in areas with long, cold winters and mild summers. Check with your hardware or garden centre for advice on the suitability of asparagus to your location.
- Asparagus can be sown from seed, it is the cheapest option, but take three to four years from germination to harvest.
- For a quicker harvest, asparagus is usually planted in winter when it is available as a crown, the name given to the dormant root system.
- Potted plants are also available from spring to autumn and are ready to plant directly into a prepared garden bed.
- Once established asparagus can grow and crop for 25 years or more so it’s ideal to plant them in their own garden bed.
- Plants grow best in a full sun position in soil that holds moisture well, sheltered from wind.
- Too much shade causes asparagus to become spindly with fewer and thinner spears.