Mary Washington Asparagus Seeds - Asparagus Officinalis - Prolific & Perennial
Quantity: 20 Seeds
Asparagus is a member of the Asparagaceae family. It originates in Europe, and as it's a perennial down to zone 2, it has been cultivated all over the world. Asparagus is one of the first plants to provide a harvest after winter, and will bear a heavy crop of shoots in early spring for 8 weeks. Mary Washington is the most sought after cultivar as its flavour and yield is superior to all others. The shoots taste excellent, and can be cooked in various ways. Asparagus makes for an excellent addition to the garden as this long lived perennial can live for 30 years. To grow white asparagus, place a bucket over the plant. the lack of sunshine will keep the shoots white and more tender.
All seeds are organic and open pollinated.
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Sow Asparagus indoors a few weeks before last frost and set outside when the freezing temperatures have passed. It's good to sow them in a sterile growing medium; most available seed starting soils should do the job nicely; we use sunshine mix (peat moss and perlite). The soil should be made moist, but not damp. Sow the seeds 1/8 - 1/4 inch below the soil surface. Store in a warm area until tiny sprouts emerge from the soil. The plants can get quite large, so for best results, its good to give space the plants 18 inches apart. Asparagus is resilient, and doesn't need much beyond staking, mulch, and regular watering. The plant is hardy down to zone 2, so can tolerate frost and snow quite well. It performs best in full sun, but will also yield a decent harvest when grown in partial shade. It likes to grow in just about any type of soil, and doesn’t seem to be particular to PH, but the soil needs to be free draining of water. These plants are disease and pest resistant.