Unruly Asparagus forest in a pot!

24 Apr

So it’s a sunny Sunday which typically means I go check on all my green babies to see what improvements I can make and what I can move around and repot etc

I noticed asparagus is getting kind of wild. The pot is outside my door and taking up half the walkway so I try to keep the ferns pushed back. The pot is only about 17 inched across and 14 inches deep. I finally measured it.

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I tried using garden ties to neaten it all up but it really is uncontrollable as some are thicker and want to grow straight up and others want to flop over.
So I’m just going to let is be!

Check out these close ups of the new baby asparagus popping up. These are Mary Washington’s, I don’t remember seeing a purple tinge last year but some of them this year slightly purple.

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There were six plants in there but one was laying dormant for too long while all the other crowns were doing so well. So I decided he was dead. I stuck my hand in the dirt to reach for him and just pulled the crown out. Instead of discarding it, I buried it in another giant plastic container where my blackberries are growing and it finally started growing again!

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I’m not really sure if they will make good companion plants but I am very short of space so hope it works out. I bought the blackberry as a bareroot a few months ago from a local San Diego garden store and it seems to be doing well. This container is huge storage box from Target. I drilled holes underneath of course 🙂 There is also 1 bareroot strawberry growing in there too. I bought two packets of bareroot strawberries from Home Depot – obviously I’m not very good with planting those as I only got one plant from 20 crowns!

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One Response to “Unruly Asparagus forest in a pot!”

  1. Susan Price May 31, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    What type of soil should I use. It says growing medium should be sandy loam. Does Asparagus overwinter well in central Illinois in a container?

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