Advice on how to grow asparagusin pots or in the garden. Care, needs of asparagus and how to organize cultivation in pots or in the open field.
With the arrival of summer, the garden gives us lots of good fruit and vegetables. the varieties of vegetables that can still be grown in this period are different, among these we find the asparagus.
Grow asparagus it does not require particular cultivation practices: just follow some important attentions such as, for example, giving a lot of space and using a very fertile soil so as to be able to cultivate them for several years in the same substrate. Asparagus, in fact, does not fall within the normal logic of crop rotation.
It is true, we said that the asparagusthey need a lot of space to grow, but that won't stop you from organizing a small potted asparagus crop. Let's see how to grow asparagus in pots or in open fields, following our instructions.
How to grow asparagusi, general notes
- Asparagus adapts very well to temperate climates.
- They prefer sandy soil with excellent drainage.
- They love sunny areas.
- It is necessary to carefully prepare the soil before sowing or planting the already developed seedlings.
Before planting the seedlings, prepare the soil with a deep dig and bury some manure or mature manure.
When to grow asparagus
The best time for grow asparagus coincides with the months of May and June, both continuing with sowing outdoors, and continuing with the planting of already developed roots.
Those who want to be ahead of the times, can sow in a protected environment as early as April so as to plant the asparagus roots already developed as we will tell you later.
How to grow asparagus: sowing and planting
- Before sowing or planting, prepare the substrate by burying organic matter (mature compost, mature manure, manure ...).
- In June you can sow in seedbeds, forming rows that are about 30 cm away from each other. You can then plant the roots from which the asparagus will develop in the open ground. If you don't want to proceed with sowing, just buy the roots already grown in the nursery.
- When planting in the open ground, you must be sure that the soil has been previously fertilized with mature manure for the purpose of a luxuriant harvest: this operation must be done in autumn.
- The roots must be planted respecting a distance of about 30 centimeters from each other at a depth of 30.
- Once this is done, you will have to cover the holes with the removed earth and water well.
How to grow asparagus in pots
For thecultivation of asparagus in potsyou have to choose very capacious containers. If you can, get organized with earthen tubs. The tanks must be filled with soil rich in organic matter. The soil will be fertilized twice a year and must always be monitored: as soon as you notice that the soil level is lowering compared to the start of cultivation, add new soil!
Yes, growing in pots requires a few extra tricks. In addition to having to fertilize and add soil if necessary, you must be very careful about weeds! There is little substrate and you don't have to risk stealing nutrients from yourscultivation of asparagus in pots.
How to grow asparagus in pots?
Sow in seedbeds. When the first roots (or asparagus feet) have developed, plant them in the pot, to a depth of 30 cm. For this, choose pots or boxes at least 35-40 cm high and with a diameter of at least 40 cm.
In pot cultivation, if you use planters or earth boxes, you will need to space the plants 40 cm from each other.
How to harvest asparagus
The first asparagus they can be harvested when they protrude 8-10 cm from the ground.
Just cut off the base with a well-sharpened and disinfected knife. However, the maximum production will arrive only after about 3 years, unless you get the roots already ripe.
After a month of harvesting, you will necessarily have to suspend the harvest so that the plants grow and the roots strengthen. Given that it is a vegetable that remains in the garden for several years, it should not be overlooked fertilizationespecially for growing in pots.
Fertilization must be performed when the plants have already begun the vegetative restart and only when the harvest of the asparagus.
Tender and fleshy asparagus seeds
Asparagus seeds can be purchased from agricultural consortia, garden centers or by taking advantage of online sales. If you intend to buy large quantities of seeds, you should go to a local agricultural consortium. For acultivation of asparagus in potsone sachet will suffice.
For the sake of completeness, I would like to point out the possibility of buying sachets of asparagus seeds on Amazon, the recommended variety is the meatier: thegreen asparagus Mary Washingtonwhich has well erect, very tender and tasty stems.
The asparagus that we grow in our garden have a sweet taste, are tender and more meaty, these are the characteristics that distinguish them from wild asparagus. Wild asparagus has a more bitter taste and a more “steppe” texture.
Since they have a low yield in terms of "edible part", it is not easy to find seeds on the market, much less wild asparagus seedlings. For this reason, those who intend to cgrowing wild asparagus it must produce them directly by collecting the seeds of plants already present in nature.