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Asparagus crowns despatch time: Only between April and May as this is the best time to plant crowns.

All orders are despatched in one delivery. If your order contains Asparagus crowns then we can only despatch when all plants are ready in the Spring.

Blackmoor Nursery is one of very few Nurseries in the UK offering gardeners the opportunity to buy Asparagus crowns direct from our Nursery. 

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Plant spacing can be either: 1 m (40”) between rows planted 30 cm (12”) apart or 90 cm (36”) between rows planted 45 cm (18”) apart.

It is essential to choose a site with uniform soil conditions and good drainage, as asparagus is a long-term crop that can last up to 20 years. Early asparagus spears can be damaged by frost so frosty sites must be avoided. Though asparagus can be grown in many soil types they have extensive root systems and therefore, for maximum development, the ideal site should be a deep dug, rich free draining soil. Asparagus growing guide 

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Selecting a site - It is essential to choose a site with uniform soil conditions and good drainage, as asparagus is a long-term crop that can last up to 20 years. Early asparagus spears can be damaged by frost so frosty sites must be avoided. Though asparagus can be grown in many soil types they have extensive root systems and therefore, for maximum development, the ideal site should be a deep dug, rich free draining soil.

Soil Preparation - It is important that the soil is totally free of perennial weeds prior to planting, as weeding will become difficult once the growth has developed. In the autumn, prior to spring planting, incorporate a good quality farmyard manure. If you are planting a large area with asparagus it is advisable to carry out pH and nutrient tests to ensure that the pH is between the ideal 6.5 and 7 (add lime if necessary) and that there is a balanced nutrient level present. For smaller areas within the ideal pH of 6.5 and 7 an annual application of a general fertiliser will be adequate. If your soil is heavy either plant in raised beds these should be a minimum 60 cm (2 ft) deep or incorporate clean sharp/horticultural sand, which will improve drainage.

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Collection - If you would like to collect your trees then use this option. Note the collection is from the Wholesale Nursery office between Monday-Friday only. Please allow 1 working days for your order to be processed prior to collection date.

We are not a Garden Centre or retail Nursery. Orders can be placed via our website and the collection option can be selected at the checkout. Your order will then be ready for you to collect during our normal opening hours which are Monday-Friday 07.30-16.30. Our plants are grown in fields that can be 2 miles away from our office so it is not possible to just turn up and select your own trees.

Delivery Charges - The delivery charge is worked out from the weight and the size of the plant. We have several rates that apply to UK mainland addresses. The lower postal rates range from £2.80 - £5.70, will be applied to smaller orders of the lighter plants like currants, raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, asparagus and strawberries although larger orders will go into the £10.00 rate. A higher rate of £18.00 - £32.00 will be charged for deliveries to European Countries and GY KW IV AB PH KW HS ZE IM BT DD JE PO30 PO31 PO32 PO33 PO34 PO35 PO36 PO37 PO38 PO39 PO40 PO41 Postcodes. Once you have put together your order the delivery charge will show before payment. All orders are despatched in one delivery.

To take advantage of a promotional code or gift voucher this must be entered into the redeem code box at the checkout. Discounts cannot be given once an order is completed and any codes have not been used.

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Asparagus Crowns | Award of Garden Merit | Genus Asparagus officinalis | Backlim Asparagus Crowns For Sale | Buy Online

Asparagus Backlim All male crowns for sale - Mid to late production with good yield of thick smooth spears. Can be grown as green or white asparagus. To grow white spears, 2 years after planting crowns, when cutting the fern in the autumn, cover plants with a mound of sandy earth up to 30cm deep. When the spears start to push through the following spring, you will find white ones below the surface ready to harvest. 

Asparagus crowns despatch time: Only between April and May as this is the best time to plant crowns.

All orders are despatched in one delivery. If your order contains Asparagus crowns then we can only despatch when all plants are ready in the Spring.

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Size
Description
Price
Availability
QTY
1 Year Crowns
5 Crowns - Available April-May
£8.26
87 Available
1 Year Crowns
10 Crowns - Available April-May
£15.00
137 Available
1 Year Crowns
20 Crowns - Available April-May
£29.00
15 Available
1 Year Crowns
30 Crowns - Available April-May
£42.00
10 Available

21 Feb 14 | Dawn M

Excellent crowns. I bought 5 of every variety. Planted straight away. Look forward to a productive summer.

13 Mar 13 | Alan

Very informative as this was my first ever asparagus purchase & I needed to get the choice of varieties right & the preparation of the plot also correct. The website & buying process was uncomplicated.

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Asparagus officinalis Backlim Growing Tips.

Selecting A Site for Asparagus: It is essential to choose a site with uniform soil conditions and good drainage, as asparagus is a long-term crop that can last up to 20 years. Early asparagus spears can be damaged by frost so frost pockets must be avoided. Although asparagus can be grown in many soil types they have extensive root systems and therefore, for maximum development, the ideal site should be a deep dug, rich free draining soil.

Soil Preparation for Asparagus crowns: It is important that the soil is totally free of perennial weeds prior to planting, as weeding will become difficult once the growth has developed. In the autumn, prior to spring planting, incorporate good quality farmyard manure. If you are planting a large area with asparagus it is advisable to carry out pH and nutrient tests to ensure that the pH is between the ideal 6.5 and 7 (add lime if necessary) and that there is a balanced nutrient level present. For smaller areas within the ideal pH of 6.5 and 7 an annual application of a general fertiliser will be adequate. If your soil is heavy either plant in raised beds these should be a minimum 60 cm (2 ft) deep or incorporate clean sharp/horticultural sand, which will improve drainage.

Planting Asparagus crowns: If this is not possible lay the crowns out on a seed tray and lightly cover with moist compost and keep in a dark frost-free place. Do not pre-soak the bare root crowns prior to planting as they are liable to rot. Plant spacing can be either: 1 m (40”) between rows planted 30 cm (12”) or 90 cm (36”) between rows planted 45 cm (18”) There are two ways of growing asparagus either in a ridged row, which will assist with drainage or a flatbed but for both methods trenches are opened out 20 cm (8”) deep and the roots of the crowns are spread evenly in the base of the trench either on the 7 .5cm (3”) ridged row or flat with the buds pointing upwards (take care not to damage the buds as they are the growing tips). After planting the crowns should be covered with loose soil, so the entire bed remains flat. For ridged row system a small ridge may then be formed during the 2 years that they are establishing. Keep the beds clean and hoe regularly - do not allow weeds to smother the crop.

Harvesting Asparagus crowns: Resist the temptation to harvest any spears in the first year – leave them to fern. The spears can be cut sparingly in the second year after planting but you should stop cropping at the end of May. In subsequent years it may continue until the 21st June. Cut the spear when they are 20 cm (8”) above the ground and cut 2½ cm (1”) below the soil level.

Aftercare: After cropping allow the asparagus to fern, which feeds the crowns. Apply a light dressing of nitrogenous fertiliser, which will help them develop strong fern growth. Do not over feed asparagus, as you will encourage soft fern growth. If necessary support them with bamboos and soft twine. Allow the fern to die off naturally – this normally occurs after the first frosts but do not remove the fern until it is completely brittle, this maybe as late as February. Whilst removing the fern also clean up the bed by hand avoiding making deep cultivations as these may damage the crowns and their roots.

Pests And Diseases: Asparagus beetle is the main pest and you should pick off the beetles and larvae when you see them and burn the dried ferns after you have removed them to avoid them over-wintering. Asparagus suffer with violet root rot which can be avoided if they are grown in well-drained soil.