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ASPARAGUS ROOTS

I've mistakenly planted my asparagus roots with half of roots exposed above the soil, but have a stem already sprouted out. Do i need to re-plant the remaining exposed roots under the soil? Do i need to cut the new sprouted stems? Any tips would be much obliged. :o :?: :roll: :D

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I would just cover them over with some soil. I don't think it will be a problem. It takes a few years before you can harvest anyway. Not a problem.

Enjoy your asparagus, they are highly nutritious.

My father used to harvest them off the sides of the Thompson River where they grew wild.

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hg,

Do not cut the new shoots, not this season or the next. After two years you may begin with a light harvest. Subsequent harvests will be more substantial.

You also need to do something about their being so shallow, They should have been planted about 8 inches deep in a well prepared bed. It has been a while since we set ours out but if I recall we dug a trench about a foot deep and placed about 4 inches of compost then a little loose topsoil. The roots are then planted and covered with a few inches more of loose topsoil. As the stalks elongate the trench is gradually backfilled.

This is a lot of work I know but it will repay you in the future with a long lasting and productive bed.

Norm

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Gnome wrote:hg,

Do not cut the new shoots, not this season or the next. After two years you may begin with a light harvest. Subsequent harvests will be more substantial.

You also need to do something about their being so shallow, They should have been planted about 8 inches deep in a well prepared bed. It has been a while since we set ours out but if I recall we dug a trench about a foot deep and placed about 4 inches of compost then a little loose topsoil. The roots are then planted and covered with a few inches more of loose topsoil. As the stalks elongate the trench is gradually backfilled.

This is a lot of work I know but it will repay you in the future with a long lasting and productive bed.

Norm
Norm,
thanks for replying with helpful tips for my asparagus. :D May i add you as a friend in my forum profile?

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hg,

You are very welcome, glad to help. Please see my PM.

Norm



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