Asparagus Mary Washington

Asparagus Mary Washington

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MARY WASHINGTON

Asparagus is easy to grow and produces tender and delicious stalks.

Quick Facts

  • Add some interest to your vegetable displays.
  • A classic heirloom garden variety showing strong vigor.
  • Open Pollinated.
  • Full Sweet Flavour.
  • 2 year old crowns.
  • Perishable.
  • 8 Pack.

Planting Instructions

Amend heavy soil with compost and till for better aeration, as asparagus need well-draining soil. Prepare trenches 15 cm (6”) deep, 10 cm (4”) wide and 90 cm (36”) apart. Plant crowns 40 cm (15”) apart in the trench, and cover with 5 cm (2”) of soil. Don’t fill in the entire furrow at once. Water thoroughly. Fill in the furrows with soil as new shoots gradually grow until the furrow is completely filled to ground level.

Water frequently and deeply. Asparagus beds come into full production after 3 years. It is best not to harvest until the second year. In the second year, harvest lightly for 2-3 weeks. In the third and following seasons, harvest 6-8 weeks each spring. To harvest stalks, run a knife just below the ground level, above the crown. Stop harvest cuttings in June. Asparagus grows to approximately 90 cm (36”) in height, by 60 cm (24”) in a spread. Store asparagus by wrapping the stem ends in damp paper towels or refrigerate stalks, tips up in a cup of shallow water.

 Type

Open Pollinated

 Size

5" H

 Sun Requirements

Full Sun

 Maturity

Early Season

 Yield

High

 Flavour

Full Sweet Flavour

 Deer Resistant

No

 Zone

3

 Plant 

March - April

 Harvest

April - June

 Plant depth

8"

 Space apart

20"

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