Using a sharp knife, cut the stalk of the asparagus at the soil surface鈥攏o lower, or the crown may be damaged. Cool immediately, plunging the asparagus into cold water, then wrap it in a plastic bag. Fresh asparagus can be stored like a cut flower, standing upright in the water.
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When should I cut down my asparagus?
Cut it down in mid-summer. The plants in this patch will produce a flush of new growth for two or three weeks, allowing you to enjoy fresh asparagus long after the asparagus season is officially over. To harvest asparagus, cut or snap it just above the soil surface.
What is the best way to harvest asparagus?
Harvesting Method. Asparagus is ready to harvest when spears are 6 to 8 inches tall. This is when they are most tender, but they will become tough and fibrous if you allow them to get much taller. Cut stalks off at ground level with a pair of clippers or gardening snips.
How do you prepare soil for asparagus?
It is best to test and prepare the soil a year prior to planting the asparagus. Crowns should be planted two to four weeks before the last average frost date in your area. After the bed is prepared, dig a trench that is six inches deep and twelve inches wide.
How do you get rid of asparagus fronds?
The University of Minnesota Extension recommends burning the fronds or placing them in the yard waste container so they can be completely removed from the property. Cutting back asparagus is only one part of their seasonal care.