Asparagus – Transplanting

Q: My daughter is moving away. Is it feasible to transplant her asparagus plants to my garden now?
A: Before you go to lots of trouble, try to determine what variety they are. If they are ‘Mary Washington’ or ‘Martha Washington’, they’re not worth moving. You’d be better off looking online for better varieties such as ‘Jersey Giant’, ‘Jersey Male’ or ‘Purple Passion’. If the asparagus plants are one of the good varieties, dig up the crowns, leaving the ferny stems in place, and immediately replant them. You won’t get many spears next spring but your harvest will be excellent in coming years.