Where does asparagus grow in Australia?

Asked By: Larry Pines | Last Updated: 31st January, 2020
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What areas of Australia Grow Asparagus? 95% of Australia's Asparagus is grown in Victoria with Koo Wee Rup the main centre. The balance of production grows in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

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Correspondingly, how does asparagus grow in Australia?

Plant crowns (roots) 20-40cm apart and a few cm (1 inch) deep in well manured soil. The asparagus shoots grow in spring. Harvest the shoots which are bigger than 1-2cm/half-inch in diameter. Leave the rest to grow into the leafy ferns (1.5m/5-6ft tall) which will feed the crowns to give a crop next year.

Also, does asparagus like sun or shade? When grown from crowns, asparagus plants take two to three years to produce a harvest. In the right conditions, asparagus plants remain productive for about 15 years. Asparagus thrives in full sun, but it will tolerate shade for part of the day as long as it gets at least eight hours of light.

In this regard, where will asparagus grow?

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a highly desirable, early-spring vegetable best suited to the cooler areas of North and West Texas. It can also be grown in areas such as Dallas and Houston.

How quickly does asparagus grow?

Newly-planted asparagus plants may take 2 to 3 years to truly get started and produce, so patience is needed! But then again, the plant can be productive for 20 years or more, producing ½ pound of spears per foot of row in spring and early summer, so we think it's definitely worth the wait.

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Why can't you eat asparagus the first year?

Don't harvest any asparagus spears during the first two years that plants are in the permanent bed. They need to put all their energy into establishing deep roots.

Should you cut asparagus back?

Ideally, asparagus should be cut back in the fall but it is important that you wait until all of the foliage has died back and turned brown or yellow. This will normally happen after first frost, but it can happen without frost in areas that do not receive frost.

Can you eat asparagus after it ferns?

Can you eat immature asparagus ferns? I think once they start to open they are very tough. eat it before it goes to fern, until mid july, then let it all go to fern until fall. Don't cut it down until the frosts or until it starts to yellow.

Can I cut asparagus back in the summer?

Pruning is an important part of proper edible plant care, and in the case of asparagus, it's particularly easy to do. Asparagus foliage that forms after harvest is strengthening the crown and root system for next year's crop, so you'll want to prune in late fall or early winter.

What soil does asparagus like?


Although asparagus favors a sandy loam soil, it is quite tolerant of all but the densest clays. As long as drainage is good and soil moisture can be maintained during the growing season, the asparagus plants will thrive. Asparagus should be planted in a new section of the garden that has never been cultivated.

What do I feed asparagus?

A. Asparagus can be fertilized in early spring before the spears emerge. An application of 1 to 1.5 pounds of an all-purpose garden fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, per 100 square feet should be adequate. Asparagus can also be fertilized after the last harvest in June.

Can you grow asparagus in a planter?

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a perennial vegetable that thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. Due to its size asparagus is not typically meant for container-growing; however this can be achieved with a very large planter, although this shortens the life-span of the plant.

How much asparagus do you get from one plant?

Yield. In general, plant between 10 and 12 asparagus plants per person for fresh eating. If you are especially fond of asparagus or want additional produce for freezing, plant a few more.

Why is asparagus healthy?

It's low in calories and a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamins A, C and K. Additionally, eating asparagus has a number of potential health benefits, including weight loss, improved digestion, healthy pregnancy outcomes and lower blood pressure.

Will asparagus spread on its own?


Because asparagus is a perennial, you'll need to pick an out of the way spot in the vegetable garden, an area you can till around. Asparagus also needs space, about 4 to 5 feet for each plant. They won't spread out much the first couple of years, but once established, they will quickly fill in.

Should you let asparagus go to seed?

Coppice In Flower
Asparagus does not go to seed every year. Your harvest should end when the next spears come out scraggly and thin. There is no correlation between the two (harvest & seed).

Why is asparagus so expensive?

Asparagus is expensive because the part you eat is the green* shoot of a woody plant. The green shoots are only on the plant for a brief time. Traditionally, it was a vegetable that was only available in early spring for that reason, but now it is imported from other parts of the world.

Can you eat asparagus berries?

Uses for Asparagus Berries
While asparagus berries should not be eaten, the delicate, fern-like green foliage and red berries make an eye-catching background in a bouquet of flowers. You can collect, dry, and then harvested the seeds from asparagus berries and then use them to start more asparagus plants.

Where do you cut asparagus?

The best way to trim asparagus is also the most obvious way: with a chef's knife and cutting board. Line up all of the spears in a row and slice off the ends all at once. You should cut right where the stalks turn from white into green.

How do you eat asparagus?


Soak the asparagus for as long as it took to boil. Drain your spears using a colander or a paper towel. Serve blanched asparagus spears in salads, or eat them on their own with dressing and seasoning. For a simple and tasty dish, add a bit of coarse salt and a drizzle of olive oil to your asparagus before serving it.

How often do you water asparagus?

Watering Asparagus Plants
  1. During the first 2 years after planting, asparagus plants need 1 to 2 inches per week. If you are not receiving adequate rainfall you will need to water.
  2. Mulch around the plant with compost or grass clippings to help soil moisture and reduce weed growth.
  3. After year 4 you can reduce irrigation to every 2-3 weeks.

How tall does asparagus get?

Although an asparagus bed rewards you for years, you'll need patience to wait on the first harvest, which doesn't come until the second spring. The first spring that you plant, leave the plants alone to grow into tall ferns (4-5 feet high).