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Organic Asparagus
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Organic Asparagus

Price per Unit (piece): $80.00

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Package of 1000 Seeds

Seeds:

Start:  Seedlings
Germination: 10-12 days. 70F to 77F
Seed Life: 3 years

Planting:

Soil:  Well drained, Acid, Droughty
Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Shade
Seeds: 4" to 6" apart
Seedlings: 18" to 24" apart
Days to Harvest: 60-90

Growing Guide
GROWING NOTES
Prefers loose, deep soils high in organic matter. Prefers pH near 7.0, but tolerates a wide range. Add lime and fertilizer before establishment.

Small, yellowish green. Older varieties such as Mary Washington have male and female flowers on separate plants. Male flowers are larger and longer than female.

Fernlike, finely dissected texture

Tall with fern-like fronds.

MAINTAINING
Carefully consider site before planting this long-lived perennial. Test soil and apply phosphorus, potassium and lime as indictated before planting. Avoid frost pockets as late killing frosts will damage spears.

Plant crowns 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost, 18 to 24 inches apart in trenches 8 inches deep. (5 inches deep for Jersey series cultivars.) Spread roots in bottom of trench and cover with 1 to 2 inches of soil. Gradually cover with more soil as the plants grow.

Do not cut back ferns in fall until they die naturally.

For highest yields, plant all-male hybrids, such as the Jersey series from Rutgers University (Jersey Giant, Jersey King, Jersey Knight). If using older varieties, such as Martha Washington, you can identify the less productive female plants at flowering and replace them with male plants. The flowers on male plants are larger and longer than the female flowers, have six stamens and a small nonfunctional pistil. The female flowers have six small nonfunctional pistils and a well developed, three-lobed stamen.

Water during dry spells during the first year. Do not overwater as plants don’t tolerate water-logged soils.

To blanch asparagus, carefully hill soil over spears or grow under opaque buckets or row covers.

Midsummer mulching with hay, straw, leaves or grass clippings helps control weeds and keep soil from drying out. (Be careful not to bring in weed seeds with your mulch.) Regular applications of compost or well-rotted manure provide a steady source of nutrients.

Weeds can be challenging. Keep plantings well cultivated and mulched to prevent weeds from getting established. Mulch heavily around plantings to keep spreading weeds such as quackgrass from invading. While plants are salt-tolerant, the old practice of using salt to kill weeds is not recommended. With older varieties that are not all-male, weed out volunteer plants from females that set seed.

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