How to Plant Bare Root Asparagus Plants

January 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Asparagus, Blog

Asparagus is one of my favorite garden plants. It is the first vegetable to harvest in the spring, it’s perennial, and it tastes great. What more could you ask for? Most people establish an asparagus patch with bare root asparagus plants. It is best to plant in early spring as soon as the soil is warm enough to work. I would not harvest any asparagus spears the first season. Just let it grow, and cut it back in the late fall when the ferns go brown. You should be able to harvest the following spring. The herbs caraway and basil make nice companions. I will be seeding in caraway amongst the patch in mid-April and basil after the fear of frost has past. (Video at the bottom of the article)

Asparagus Spears

1. Dig an 8 inch deep trench and 1 foot wide. Dig your trench long enough that you can space your asparagus roots 1 foot apart.

8 inch deep trench, 1 foot wide

2. Make mounds of soil to rest the crown of the asparagus plant on and have the roots gently spread out on the mound.

Asparagus roots spread out over mounds

3. Water your asparagus roots.


4. Backfill with the existing soil. The crown or growing point of the asparagus plant should be 1 inch under the soil.


5. Add 1-2 inches of mulch to suppress weeds. Make sure any existing weeds are removed. Weeds can ruin an asparagus patch as the roots can get tangled.


6. Give the patch another good watering.

Mulched, watered...done

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2 Comments on "How to Plant Bare Root Asparagus Plants"

  1. Tanner dresch on Sat, 12th Mar 2016 12:00 am 

    I was searching for how to plant some asparagus in my garden and came across this site. Saw the video and was like wow that really looks like coach Williams. Then watched the video and it was you. Hope everything is going well! And hope my asparagus will grow for next year. Cya around

  2. Phil Williams on Fri, 25th Mar 2016 2:33 am 

    Hey Tanner,
    Sorry it’s taking so long to reply. I haven’t been on my site in a while. I’m in the middle of finishing up two books at the moment. It’s really great to hear from you. I hope you’re doing well. I still think you’re the toughest quarterback I ever coached.

    Good luck with the asparagus. I think it’s one of the best and easiest things to grow in a garden. I don’t know why more people don’t grow it. It’s super easy, produces for three months and is a great early season vegetable, when everything else is still to small to harvest.

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