Can we regrow store-bought asparagus? Yes, absolutely. We bet you’re convinced that home-grown asparagus is tastier than the store-bought asparagus.
And you’re right. Also, growing it in your home is healthier for you. Freshly hand-picked asparagus is amazing in taste. The one you find in stores is not fresh enough.
Asparagus has delicious shoots with healthy ingredients including Vitamin B and C, Calcium, and Iron. That’s why it is tempting to grow it in your home.
We can consider asparagus an indoor plant because of its ability to grow in a little place. At the end of Winter, it rolls out in the market. Its presence is a sign that Spring has arrived.
You can easily grow the tender vegetable with its seeds. However, we suggest you go with its crowns for faster results.
Now you may ask, “how can we grow asparagus at home?”. Without further ado, let’s buckle up to find out how you can do it.
Step-by-Step Guide to Grow Asparagus from Store-Bought
For your ease, we have divided the process into practical steps given below. Are you ready to dive in? Come on, let’s go.
Know if Your Area is Suitable
Asparagus grows anywhere. But it shoots better in areas with cold Winters or parched Summers. You will grow it in areas with mild Winters, or Summers, but it’s harder comparatively.
After you have confirmed that asparagus can grow in your area, you need to buy asparagus crowns. You can buy them online or from your nearest store. Seeds are available the whole year while you can buy crowns only during the Winters.
Before you buy asparagus from the stores, consider below-given points:
- Make sure you’re buying the right gender. Female asparagus uses its energy to produce seeds more than spears. That’s why we suggest you buy male asparagus.
- Buy a variety of asparagus that resists rusting. For example, you could get Mary Washington or Jersey.
- Pick up healthy crowns that are large and gray-brown. The stem should be bright green.
- There are white and purple asparagus available in the market that are yummy. In case you want purple asparagus, shield your crowns from the sun with soil.
- Thick asparagus can be tough to grow. So, buy comparatively thinner stalks.
- The bracts must be tight, not plump.
- Always go for uniform asparagus plants in size and color. It looks better on the plate and in the garden as well.
Select the Hot Spot for Your Favorite Vegetable Plant
The hot spot for asparagus should be sunny with an excellent drainage system. Four feet wide bed will be perfect.
You can plant the asparagus near trees. Those trees must not have loads of leaves. Moreover, drainage should be efficient because asparagus can rot in over-watered soil.
Once established, asparagus plants keep producing spears for the next 25 years or more. That’s why we suggest choosing a planting spot for a very long time.
Now, if you have selected a place full of weeds, pull them up. Your yummy asparagus will not survive their company. Make sure there are no roots in the soil.
Dig six-inch deep and 12 inch wide trenches. If you have plenty of crowns to regrow, make multiple rows. Don’t forget to space them two to three feet apart.
Why are we suggesting that? The asparagus does not like the company of other plants. It doesn’t even like its own company. Spacing them apart will give you a healthy asparagus produce.
Add two to four inches of compost layer, which is a must. Don’t worry if you have no compost. You can also add soil mix or dung.
Pile up mounds of a mineral mix. Anchor an asparagus crown on every mound. There should be a considerable distance between each mound.
It’s optional. We recommend adding rock phosphate because it shoots the roots faster. Along with this, you can also add some other mineral powder.
Natural fertilization is always better. However, you can always try precisely manufactured products to increase fertility.
Plant the Asparagus Crowns
Leave your crowns in warm or compost water for fifteen minutes before planting. And then anchor them in the trenches.
Water the entire area after planting. Don’t flood water though, or your asparagus will rot in it.
Cover the Top of Each Crown with Soil
Yes, add almost five cm of soil on top of each crown. You might think, “Oh God, it’s weird”, but it helps your asparagus shoot faster. As it shoots, cover it with more soil every three weeks until the harvesting time is near.
Mulch the Asparagus
Mulch is the material such as decayed leaves or compost spread around a plant. It’s very good to mulch around the asparagus to enrich the soil. It takes time but it is worth it.
There you have it, wait until the Winter and you will have tastier and healthier asparagus than ever. Don’t forget to take care of these plants.
How Can We Take Care of the Asparagus Plants?
Consistent Water Supply
Asparagus plants mature after two full seasons, and they need water along the way. So, keep supplying enough water every now and then.
Protect Them from Weeds
Keep pulling weeds out. The asparagus plants are like babies, they die if they have to compete with grasses or weeds.
Use Fertilizer and Mulch
Keep fertilizing and mulching them along the way. In Spring, use a liquid fertilizer that could boost their growth. Save them from the cold by mulching them.
Protect from Pests
Keep an eye on pests or diseases. If you see beetles, eggs, or pests on your asparagus, pick them off right away.
How Can We Harvest the Asparagus After Maturity?
After almost two years, your asparagus plants become mature. Now is the time for you to enjoy and celebrate your harvest. Start cutting the spears every week.
The more your plants produce spears, the more often you need to harvest. For best results, keep these two things in mind:
- When spears are 6-inches, you can harvest them
- In the beginning, harvest spears after two weeks or more.
You got it. Enjoy the homegrown asparagus from the store-bought asparagus.
Prepare for the Next Year
At the end of the seasons of asparagus, stop picking spears. Let them grow to their fullest. Throughout the Summer, keep watering them. Keep an eye on pests and diseases. Also, don’t stop pulling the weeds up.
We hope you will have a better crop in your garden next year.
Benefits of Asparagus Plants?
There are many reasons why asparagus for home gardening is a brilliant choice. You can enjoy growing it for years once established. And you could always share its benefits with your neighbors, relatives and friends.
Asparagus is a vitamin-rich vegetable with antioxidant properties. It decreases blood pressure and reduces inflammation. Apart from having antiviral effects, it improves your digestion.
To conclude, we can grow asparagus from store-bought crowns. All we need to do is to follow the above given step-by-step guide.
Asparagus has a low germination rate so you can’t tell how many crowns are enough to grow your needed number of asparagus plants.
But to make sure you have sufficient asparagus, we recommend buying the ‘two-year’ marked crowns. These crowns can bear spears in one year only.
We hope you grow the tastiest asparagus in your home.