SEEDS: Start transplants about 80 days before last spring frost. Sow 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep in sterile growing medium, water and keep temperature 65 to 80 degrees. Germination can take up to 21 days. Transplant to a well prepared, fertilized bed after danger of frost, deeply dug with lots of organic matter. Set plants 12 inches apart in a 6 inch trench, 2 inches deep. Fill in trench as asparagus grows. Begin harvest in 3 to 4 years.
ROOTS: Planting roots speeds up harvest by at least 1 to 2 years. Plant roots shortly after receiving them in a well prepared, deeply dug, fertilized bed with plenty of organic matter. Prefer light, loose soil. Set roots in trenched rows 12 inches apart, rows 3 to 5 feet apart. Trench should be 6 inches deep. Cover roots with 2 inches of soil. Fill in the trench as asparagus grows. Keep moist. Fertilize again the next spring. Begin harvest in 2 to 3 years. Sorry, no shipments to AZ, HI, or CA.