I have 3 asparagus plants of about 2 years and I'm not getting a whole lots of spears. I don't know why? I only got about 5 spears the whole years.

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    Do you allow the asparagus plants to produce their normal fern-like growth throughout your growing season? Are the plants competing with any other plants? Do you use any mulch around the plants?
    – Jurp
    Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 0:53

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None that you should cut - it takes a while for asparagus to become established and start producing properly - the crowns need to settle in and develop a good root system, so you won't be harvesting till the third year. The advice is not to harvest any spears which may be produced during the first two years, but to wait until the third year, when harvesting can be done for no more than six weeks from spring. In the fourth and subsequent years, you can harvest for eight weeks from spring onwards. Advice on growing asparagus here, particularly in regard to keeping it weed free and using fertilizer/composted materials, but the timing may be slightly different for wherever you are, this is a UK link https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=310

  • Well I have harvested the following year after planting. What’s important is letting the asparagus gain strength from June through to next spring. It’s a spring only crop.
    – Escoce
    Commented Nov 12, 2019 at 22:52

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