I bought an asparagus plant, not really knowing what to do with it, but got exciting about the thought of growing my own asparagus. I've since done some research and found that people plant up to a hundred plants (or crowns). So can I assume my measly one plant will be a bit pointless? I've also read that one plant needs upton 5ft in space!! I'm getting very confused as a lot of info is conflicting!
Any help is much appreciated.
I have just a couple of asparagus which I grow in a flower border and I love the very fine foliage which acts as a great backdrop for nearby flowers. I don't get many spears in one go, but enjoy them all the same! Freshly picked and simply rinsed under the tap, they are superb and much better for you than when cooked. You need to leave at least one spear to turn into a full fern (which grow about 4 feet high) to feed the crown for next year. So, my advice is to grow it as a decorative plant in a border and enjoy a few spears early in the year.
A hundred plants? Cripes. That would feed an army. They don't need 5' between plants. Crowns are usually planted around 18" apart. I've got seven in the ground that produce more than enough for two of us. Unless you want to invest in some more crowns and dedicate a patch to asparagus - and it's a long-term commitment - follow Bob's good advice.