Mary Washington

Asparagus officinalis

HEIRLOOM Strong growing variety produces long, thick spears in May and June. Rust resistant, vigorous, sweet, tender and succulent. Asparagus grown from seed typically takes 3-4 years to reach production. Perennial.

LIVE ASPARAGUS CROWNS ARE AVAILABLE FOR IN-STORE PICKUP ONLY, DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH. A mature asparagus bed signals the coming of spring, pushing up delicate new shoots when winter makes its exit for another year. A native perennial to the Mediterranean and cultivated for many centuries, a well planned asparagus bed will deliver tasty delicacies for decades. Rarely considered is the beauty of the mature plants with a lacy fern-like structure which develops after the harvest has ended for the season. While inedible, delicate red berries arrive on the female plants in the fall for a pop of late season color. Unless you can flash freeze asparagus, this is one vegetable to be enjoyed when it is fresh, and then eagerly awaited next season. Nutrients: dietary fiber, vitamins C, K, B6, and A, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc.
SizePrice QtyPurchase
2.5 grams - Packet $ 2.50
Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
1700 4 gr 30 lbs 3 years
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
Spring 60-65°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed 1/2" 4-6" 140
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
12" 10-53 Perennial 3 years
Winter hardy, frost-tolerant perennial that grows in full sun or light shade. Transplant established seedlings or 1 yr old crowns in the spring or fall into fertile, well-cultivated trenches 12" wide and 6-8" deep in rows at least 24" apart. Cover the crowns with about 2 inches of soil, as the ferns emerge and grow, gradually fill in the furrows with layers of rich soil and organic compost. Don't harvest the plants in the first year. The following year, only harvest for 2-3 weeks. For each year after, extend the harvest window by 1 or 2 weeks until harvesting for 8 weeks total. Add 2-3" of aged mulch after planting and each harvest season. Plant Seeds: 1/2" deep in 4-6" pots. Soil Temp: 65-80 F. Thin To/Mature Plant Spacing: 12" Companions: basil, marigold, nasturtium, parsley, tomato. Yield/100' row: 400 spears. Seed Viability: 3-4 years.