Asparagus -- Foliage Removal

By The Old House Web
Asparagus foliage should remain on the bed as long as possible.

When the fern-like foliage turns brown in the fall, do nothing. It won't hurt the plant. In fact, leaving the foliage may minimize spring cold damage to developing spears. The previous year's foliage prevents the ground from warming too quickly and starting growth.

As soon as you see new growth in the spring, the old foliage can be cut.

However, the asparagus planting WILL NOT die if foliage is removed in the fall.


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