Planting Bare Root Asparagus Plants
When planting bare root asparagus plants, you must decide were to plant them because were you put them they will stay for 15 years. As you receive your bare root asparagus plants they will some times have mold on them and that is actually normal. They are shipped in a dark and warm environment, perfect for mold. This is a surface mold that is only two days old and is harmless. Just rinse it off. If you want you can use a 10% hydrogen peroxide solution to rinse. If you are going to keep roots longer than 2 weeks before planting, then place them in the frig and if you had to rinse them off because of the mold make sure they are completely dry before you put in the frig. Do not store in a damp place.
When you are ready to grow them. You must prepare your soil . Bare root asparagus grow well in a acid, alkaline, sandy, clay or any type of black soil but you have to add at least 30% sand to your soil and mix well. The further north you live, where you have lots of snow, then I would use about 40%. The sand is for drainage and winterization of the plants. In a soil that retains alot of moisture, can rotten the plants over winter. Dig a trench 10" to 12" deep , the further north the deeper setting. The plants will be spaced approximately 10" to 14" apart.
When Planting bare root asparagus plants the Roots should be laid flat in bottom of trench and bury the plant completely. Do not compress the soil just fill in trench.