Posted on April 20, 2011, updated June 13, 2011
Ordered 30 three year asparagus crowns (15 Jersey Supreme & 15 Purple Passion) in September of 2010. I spoke with Rose concerning the shipping date in January of 2011 and was told the first week of April (my area's frost date) they would be shipped. The crowns arrived on 4/19/11 after multiple email inquiries. From other reviews below it would seem that shipping dates are a two - three week window with this vendor as they are pulling the crowns from the ground to order and therefore the shipping ETA's vary due to weather conditions.
The crowns themselves where mid-sized compared to some three year crowns that I dug up in my garden at the same time to transplant alongside the crowns which I purchased. I expected to receive bigger crowns however the silver lining is that bigger crowns would neccessitate bigger trenches, and when planting 40 crowns, the less digging necessary the better.
I will say this however... From digging up my own crowns (which were 2 year crowns when bought and grown for one year in an above ground garden box) it is EXTREMELY hard work. My thinking is once the crowns are removed, all the roots are cut to similar lengths to make transplanting into trenches easier for the customer. Now knowing the kind of work necessary to remove asparagus crowns, for the price, these crowns are a great deal!
For those wondering how I planted the crowns, I digged three 12' x 1.5' trenches 1' deep. I then tilled the trench with a hoe another 5". I made small mounds in the bottom of the trench, laid in the crowns and filled the trench with 8" of composted manure and then completely filled it in with topsoil. I then mulched the entire area.
I will report back to let everyone know how well the crowns performed during the first growing season.
On June 13th, 2011, smithmal changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Following 1 month of growing I can report the following:
1. All asparagus crowns have had spears emerge from their crowns
2. None of the spears were thick enough to obtain a crop
My understanding was that purchasing 3 years crowns would allow me to obtain a harvest the same year that the crowns were planted (via the website: "Plant and pick this season. Like no other..") This has not occurred. I don't believe my transplant process caused a lack of harvest as the 3 year crowns which I transplanted from my old garden supplied spears thick enough to harvest.
I have no issue with the health of the roots and/or how they were shipped. I'm am excited about the type of harvest which I should obtain next year however I'm dissappointed in being unable to obtain a harvest this year. Because of this, I am downgrading my rating from "Positive" to "Neutral."
after placing an order for horseradish root back on march 30 and no order shipped in april or may ( due to constant rain at the farm) , i repeatedly asked stankin'rose what the status of my order was. she finally acknowledged on may 16 that she would refund my money.
"We have had so much rain. It is still raining. I am affraid if I ship your order it may very well not grow. So I will just refund your payment.
I am sorry this order has been going on for ever. We have had incredible rain.
perhaps they should start building an ark down there . its been more than 40 days and 40 nights~ well, it has been 3 weeks, and no refund check. i emailed
stankin' again , giving her my address to be sure, and no
please save your money, and some aggravation and order
from a different company.
i guess i lost my $26.50.....but heres a tip....if you can find horseradish root in your local grocery store...plant it...guess
what ...IT GROWS JUST FINE!!!
On June 27th, 2009, nohorseradish changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
refund came from asparagus gardener along with a note
chastising my comments. since i have been put in my
place, i change my rating to neutral since no product was
exchanged, and a monetary refund was sent.