What to do with Asparagus that has “Ferned Out”


“i purchased asparagus several years ago and it is doing great.  lots to harvest in the spring.  now what do i do once it has ferned out.  leave it or cut it down?  hope you can help.  thanks henry”

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Dear Henry,

Thank you for the email regarding your asparagus.  Once asparagus ferns out, you want to leave it to grow.  The nutrients that are created via photosynthesis in the ferny leaves will feed the roots of your plant and give them the sugars and starches necessary for growing a good crop of asparagus next year.  Once the weather gets cold and the foliage dies back, you can clip the stalks back to the ground.

 

 

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