Growing asparagus at home is worth some extra effort. One way to increase productivity and improve plant health is to cut back dead foliage in the fall. Before the freezing temperatures of winter take hold, you can prepare your asparagus plants to survive and thrive, ready to grow in spring. Learn more now.
Is your asparagus crowded or underperforming? Wondering if you can move it? This article covers all you need to know about asparagus crowns and transplanting asparagus including selecting the best site, soil preparation, digging and dividing, and the gradual planting method, as well as watering and fertilizing.
Asparagus, the reigning edible perennial of the backyard vegetable garden, has both male and female plants. But how does this affect the way you grow and harvest these delicious spring veggies? Keep reading to learn more about the difference between male and female asparagus plants – and why it matters.
Wondering why your asparagus plants consistently produce weak, thin spears? A number of factors such as lack of water, nutrient deficiency, and overharvesting can result in skinny spears. Fortunately these problems aren’t too hard to fix. Read on to learn about the causes and solutions for thin asparagus.
Ferning out is a natural, healthy part of growing asparagus spears that happens each year. But sometimes your asparagus spears will fern out earlier than you would like, disrupting your harvest. That’s why it helps to understand when and how to deal with the problem, and when to just let your plants do their thing.
Asparagus is one of few truly perennial vegetables. An established patch can produce bountiful harvests of crisp and flavorful green spears each season. By following a few key tips, you are certain to have a healthy asparagus crop that continues for many years. Learn how and when to harvest asparagus in this guide.
Many types of fungi, a water mold, and several viruses can infect asparagus plants, with varying degrees of severity. This guide will help you to diagnose what is ailing your crop and provide tips on what to do about it. Read on to learn about the dizzying array of pathogens that can infect asparagus.
The fungal disease purple spot produces purple lesions on asparagus spears as they emerge from the ground. It spreads from infected asparagus residue that remains in your garden. This disease can be severe in wet weather and shorten the lifespan of your plants. Read on to learn how to manage this disease.
The organisms that cause crown and root rot can live in the soil for very long periods. There are no good chemical controls for Fusarium, but there are some for Phytophthora. You can minimize the stress to your asparagus to prevent these diseases and make them more likely to survive. Read on to learn these steps.
Asparagus rust is a highly complicated fungal disease with four different stages that can invade your plants without showing symptoms until it is too late. Cultivars bred to be resistant to this pathogen often lose effectiveness over time. Read on to learn what symptoms to look for and how to treat your infected plants.
Tired of seeing annual vegetables come and go? Then it’s time to plant asparagus in your gardening corner of the world! With the right care and less maintenance than most other crops, a couple years of patience will bring up asparagus spears each spring for years and years. Find your complete guide to growing the perennial right here, at Gardener’s Path.