This page gives instructions on how to buy asparagus seeds from David's Garden Seeds.
Green male hybrid with high vigor in fern and spear productions.
Performs on a range of soil types and is known for replant capabilities.
Plant tolerates cold winters. Moderate resistance to rust. Perennial. Harvest in about 2 years.
Guelph Millennium 25 Hybrid Seeds
The Gem is considered an early variety, produces medium to large diameter spears. Yields are very high, does well in cool climates. Has excellent disease tolerance. Attractive green spears with slightly purple bracts. Ready to harvest in 2 years.
Jersey Gem 25 Hybrid Seeds
Jersey Knigh is a good option if limited space necessitates replanting asparagus in the same location due to high resistance to rust and high tolerance to fusarium. Also does well in heavier soils. Perennial. David's Garden Seeds is a Veteran owned business that has been offering quality seeds since 2009. May not perform well in warmer areas such as TX, MS, GA, LA, AL, or FL, as it may not become dormant, which is needed to prevent frost/freeze damage to crowns in winter months. Ready to harvest in two to three years.
Jersey Knight 25 Hybrid Seeds
Mary Washington is the classic asparagus. This variety is a high-yield perennial, and should provide a bountiful harvest for several years to come. Plant once and it will grow for years producing lots of asparagus spears. Recommend for Texas and other warm growing areas, as well as cool growing areas. Ready to harvest in two years.
Mary Washington 100 Heirloom Seeds
UC 157 is the most widely planted fresh market asparagus variety in the world. Developed by Frank Takatori and Frank Southers at the University of California at Riverside in 1978, UC 157 is tolerant of Rust (Puccinia asparagi) and highly tolerant of Fusarium (Fusarium oxysporum). F2 is the second generation hybrid produced from the original UC 157, developed and released by University of California-Davis. This variety shows earliness in production, multi-spear initiation (3-5 at a time), uniformity in color & size, and heavier yields than other commercial varieties. Ready to eat in two to three years.
UC-157 50 Hybrid Seeds
Growing asparagus requires more care than the average vegetable but it is delicious and will make any meal taste better. It takes two years for this plant to yield.
is one of the earliest spring-harvested crops. This perennial is easily
grown from crowns or roots and, once established, will produce tender
spears every spring for many years.
Find a spot in your backyard that you will use just for asparagus so you do not accidentally forget and dig up your plants. This spot should be filled with loam soil or sandy soil. The pH level should be between 6.5 and 7.5. At the very least, this spot should get a half day of full sun.
Take out all weeds and stones in your asparagus garden. Till the soil a foot deep. Add compost and mix it into the soil well. The roots will rot if the garden does not drain well.
Plant the seeds, two per inch, about 1/4 inch deep. If you have more than one row of asparagus, allow 18 inches between rows. It will take about 30 days for the seeds to come up. After the plants are three inches tall, thin them to one plant every four inches apart.
Keep the asparagus bed well-weeded and well-watered. Don't harvest any of it the first year.
In the fall, cut off the fronds (fern like stalk that comes up). Mulch and protect from frost by covering with a tarp. In early spring, you can harvest some spears when they are between six and ten inches high, but only for two weeks. Harvest the spears when they are 7 inches tall and pencil thin. Any thicker and the outside is hard and will not taste good.
If you have ever purchased canned asparagus, you will
notice portions of it taste like wood. This is because they waited too
long to harvest it.
The second year, you can harvest for four weeks. Remember you are harvesting the spear not the fern like portion.
In several years the fern like portion will produce seeds. Most of these cannot be used since most asparagus is hybrid. Check for your specific variety.
Each year after that, add two weeks to the harvest time until you are picking for eight weeks each spring. It is possible for an asparagus bed to last for 20 years. It is important to maintain the bed well when growing asparagus.
When choosing a variety, make sure
it will grow in your area. Some asparagus does not like hot weather.
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