View Full Version : Harvesting Asparagus
The English Gentleman
05-02-2009, 03:41 PM
So anyway, turns out I have two asparagus 'plants' I just found out about. Can anyone give me any tips on harvesting the tips? Do I need to leave a couple of them?
05-03-2009, 08:16 PM
05-03-2009, 09:09 PM
Do you know how long it's been growing? I don't think you're supposed to harvest unless it's been in the ground for around 2yrs.
Anyway, harvest when it's about 6" tall, cut off the shoots with a sharp knife about 2cm below the surface of the soil. Asparagus can grow very quickly and in ideal conditions can grow abouy 6" in a day. You might be looking at harvesting daily for about 7-8 weeks, then stop. The remaining shoots will enable the asparagus plant to build up the roots.
05-12-2009, 01:52 PM
This thread makes me fucking weep
05-12-2009, 01:54 PM
Any particular reason?
05-13-2009, 10:03 PM
Pretty much what ShutMeUp said. I'm not sure about letting it grow for two years, but my garden has had asparagus for many years so it was never a factor for me. But yeah, just get a knife and cut it down, nothing more to it.
05-15-2009, 03:04 PM
I think you just run your fingers up it until it just breaks. Like put a light strain on it, and when it's in the right spot it just breaks.
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