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How deep to plant asparagus crowns?

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Linda starts with ...
Hi there,
I have some of your Mary Washington asparagus crowns. It does not say anything on the label about of depth of planting but all my books say to plant the crown 20cm deep and cover with 5cm soil and keep covering it up as it grows. Is this the case with your crowns? - or is it when they don't have any foliage
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29th January 2011 6:52pm
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HappyEarth says...
As the book says, plant crowns in winter 20cm deep and cover with a bit of soil. In spring, spears will emerge - keep adding soil so that spears and just above soil level. Obviously, add no more soil when you have reached the normal ground level o.e hole has been filled.

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Linda says...
Hi Rich,
Thanks for the reply - so that means I leave them in their pots till winter and then plant them out?
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Linda
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John Mc says...
Yes they should be in full growth now. Asparagus goes dormant over winter. When it does, cut all the dead foliage off and plant out late winter before it starts to shoot again.
If they are two YO crowns, I'd sneek/try a few of the first asparagus shoots next spring, but leave most of them on for the next season for them to build up into a good strong crowns. I have 20 Mary Washingtons in their 4th year and we have all the asparagus we can handle. It's nice raw too.
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Linda says...
Thanks for that guys! I got them from Daleys (via local nursery on sale) so I'll have to ask how old they are. I only have 2 so it seems that I should get more plants. We are 2 adults and 2 toddlers ( never had asp.!) Any suggestions on numbers anyone. I have a limited area of sandy free draining soil where there is a retaining wall. The regular soil in my garden is quite acid and clay like under the top soil - which is not that thick either!!
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gus says...
Is it possible to grow two varieties of asparagus next to each other, ie purple next to green?
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