In my spring hunts I always keep my eyes open for wild asparagus but have never found any. I heard it likes sandy soil and the easiest way to find it is to look for the stalks and branches from last year.
Yes finding last years stalks is a good way to find patches, also keep your eyes open for asparagus once it has gone to seed throughout summer. Then you will know where patches are for the future. I pick raspberries and other summer mushrooms and looking out for asparagus gone to seed is how I have found quite a few of the patches I pick. Something some people don't know is as long as you continue to cut spears down new ones will shoot up, all summer long. Yum can't wait to get some fresh asparagus!
Hello, I'm I'm NW Ohio. The wild asparagus I find is all on slopes or hills so i suppose it likes the well drained soil. I know of two different cultivated patches that are on pretty flat ground though. I'm surprised you haven't had any luck getting it to take off. My father in law planted some a while back and it's been there ever since. Maybe just got lucky. I don't know anything about cultivating it myself. Next time I talk to him I ask where he got it from.
My buddy planted some years ago at the upper edge of a horse pasture. It's a gentle slope, but there is slope. The trick seems to be getting the roots established. If you can do that, it will come up year after year! And I've never found any wild asparagus. But, as much time as I spend outdoors poking around and looking, I've never found a shed deer antler either!
I made a post on Facebook about it knowing that someone has to have planted it at one time or another for it to be growing where I found it. Later I saw a person stated that very thing and also someone posted that she didn't know it grew wild. I then posted back that someone maybe had an old home site where I had found it. I'm not sure how long it will keep on living in the same spot but I'm thinking a long time as I find it along the roads in Michigan in the lower part of the state. I also have a small patch I planted beside my residence and it has very large spears. Just cooked some more today. I also find it in the country beside some ponds in different areas.
We grow asparagus in Adams County...in raised beds. Asparagus don't like clay and needs well drained sandy soil, they originally come from the coasts. If you find them wild here...someone planted them, or the birds delivered the seeds!
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