Not sure how to reassure you that I have moved thousands of crowns and 99.5% of them have survived. I'm very willing to help you plant would never volunteer to waste my time. If you're more comfortable giving me $50 for gas money upon delivery and pay me for the crowns when they come up then you can get an accurate count. This is how I've had great luck. 1) appropriate depth in a properly prepared bed. It's easy to plant asparagus to shallow. 2) Use a full appropriate rate of fert. (Endo-mycorizae inoculations are a boon at transplant also.) 3) Water thoroughly, mulch if need be. Alive and thrive are two different things. I'll have enough CPM to share.