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Asparagus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Asparagus officinalis

 

Asparagus

Asparagus spears are the edible part of the plant, and are the new fat shoots that emerge in Spring. If left, the shoots will produce the fern foliage, and the female plants will produce seed.

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plant Features
  • Asparagus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Asparagus likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

  • Asparagus is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Asparagus likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Asparagus

Latin name

Asparagus officinalis

type

Perennial

family

Asparagaceae

ph

6.5 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Asparagus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Asparagus is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Asparagus likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Asparagus likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When to harvest

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Asparagus is 1.00meters x 0.45meters 1.00 M 0.45 M

Asparagus officinalis

Asparagus spears are the edible part of the plant, and are the new fat shoots that emerge in Spring. If left, the shoots will produce the fern foliage, and the female plants will produce seed.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Plant asparagus crowns in Spring. The bed for asparagus needs to be permanent, so choose your site carefully - asparagus don't start producing edible spears for at least two years after planting, but after that can grow and produce for many years. Weed the patch carefully, and dig a trench 12" wide and 8" deep. Add 4" of manure or compost.Make a ridge approx. 4" high along the middle of the trench, and spread the roots of the crown over this ridge, spacing the plants 18" apart. Cover the roots with soil up to the level where the buds are just visible. Water in, then mulch to keep weed growth down

 
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