• How to Grow Asparagus on Hydroponic Farming System

    AsparagusAsparagus is a flowering perennial that is quite easy to grow basically because of its resilience against weather and various factors that affect the growth of a plant. In fact, you can find such hardy perennial growing on railroad tracks and unexpected places all over the country.

    Considered for its medicinal value as an herb, gardeners also plant and grow it for its importance as an ingredient in various dishes all over the world. The mere fact that it is quite hardy makes it a good plant to grow especially with the high demand for asparagus in the market nowadays.

    Growing asparagus indoors is a lot easier as compared to conventional farming. Usually, gardens that are located indoors use alternative systems to grow their plants from seeds. Growing plants without soil is a common practice since the introduction of hydroponics, aquaponics, and aeroponics to the world of agriculture.

    Preparation

    Indoor gardening offers numerous advantages to the gardener especially to the beginners. One of the best benefits you can get from enclosed gardening is the liberty to prepare your garden despite bad weather condition. Prepare your garden by setting up your hydroponic system on a preferred location where they can get some sunlight. Avoid placing your gardening system somewhere the hydroponic asparagus are exposed to full sunlight as the spears will have loose heads.

    Seeds or Crown

    Asparagus are planted either from seeds or from crowns depending on the preference of the grower. Most of the gardeners though prefer seeds especially the newer varieties as they are cold tolerant. In addition, they do not easily bow down to rust and fusarium unlike with the old varieties of asparagus. Drill holes on your growing medium where you will place your seeds or crown. Hydroponic germination usually takes place around 10 to 15 days before they sprout from the medium. Plant your asparagus 9 to 12 inches apart from each other to grow better stacks in the future. In case you are planning on using a seedling box or bed, be careful when you transplant the young asparagus to their permanent garden to avoid killing them in the process.

    Maintenance

    Hydroponic gardens usually utilize liquid solution for the nutrients needed by the asparagus. In most cases, you only put a small amount of the product on the water to feed your plants.

    Weeds are usually the problems of the asparagus as they tend to compete with the plants for the nutrients. With hydroponic gardening though, you can expect minimal maintenance when it comes to weeds. In case infestation is present, organic products are enough to eliminate the weeds on your garden. Hand picking weeds is also a good way to get rid of the unwanted visitors on your gardening system.

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    Pests are not common problems when it comes to indoor gardening. You don’t have to worry about pests as they won’t be bothering you while you are growing your asparagus in an enclosed environment.

    Harvest

    Start cutting the spears of your asparagus by the time they are ready for harvest. This usually takes place by the time they reach three (3) years from the time you’ve planted them from seeds or crowns. Cut the spears 5 to 8 inches in length either by cutting them with a sharp knife or by snapping them with your fingers.