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How to Plant Asparagus Root

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Overview

Asparagus is a delicate vegetable that offers nutritional substances such as vitamins and minerals. Growing your own asparagus can be challenging but is worth the effort. While it can be grown from seeds, the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service recommends that home gardeners plant roots, as asparagus seed can be difficult to germinate.

Step 1

Plant the asparagus root where it will get moist, well-drained soil, cool termperatures and seven to eight hours a day of sun per day.

Step 2

Dig a trench for the asparagus that's 8 inches deep and approximately 10 inches wide. Dig the trench wide enough to accommodate the asparagus roots when they are spread out. Leave 3 feet between rows if you are planting more than one row.

Step 3

Loosen the soil with a hoe to a depth of at least 3 inches from the bottom of the trench.

Step 4

Lay the asparagus roots in the bottom of the trench about 18 inches apart. Spread out the roots.

Step 5

Cover the asparagus roots with 2 inches of packed soil. Pat the soil down around the roots. Leave the remaining soil on the ground near the top of the trench.

Step 6

Water the trench thoroughly and repeat if any parts of the root are exposed after the water settles the soil. Cover the roots again with soil.

Step 7

Watch for the root crowns to grow and break through the soil. Cover again with another 2 inches of soil. Do not cover the fern stalk when it begins to break through the soil. Fill in the trench around the stalk a few inches at a time as the stalk grows and until the trench is filled in.

Step 8

Place hay or another type of mulch around the bottom of the asparagus stalks when the trench is filled. Cover the entire row, except for the stalks, with the mulch, laying it 3 to 4 inches deep.

Tips and Warnings

  • If the soil around the asparagus root does not drain well, it may retain too much moisture and could cause the roots to rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp pointed shovel
  • Hoe
  • Asparagus roots
  • Water
  • Hay or another type of mulch

References

  • University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service: Growing Asparagus in Home Gardens
  • South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service: Growing Asparagus
  • University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Asparagus
Keywords: growing asparagus, growing asparagus roots, planting aspragus roots

About this Author

A freelance writer for over 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.