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Asparagus, ‘Mary Washington’

Asparagus is extremely nutritious and has many health benefits! ‘Mary Washington’ is the standard variety for home or commercial planting. One of the most popular varieties grown by home gardeners. It is disease resistant and heavy yielding of tender, flavorful shoots. Open pollinated variety. This variety will produce an abundance of shoots. Medium to large purplish tinged, tightly-budded. Grows well throughout the Midwest. Somewhat rust resistant.

Asparagus get top dollar at the supermarket, but commercially grown spears never measure up to the delicate sweet flavor of homegrown. Asparagus is a hardy perennial. Asparagus is a highly productive vegetable. Grown for the stems or spears, a well tended planting yields 8 to 10 pounds or more per 100 square feet of bed or 24 to 30 pounds per 100 feet of row. For most home gardeners, one row is adequate. An asparagus planting lasts 15 to 25 years without replanting if it is well cared for and the climate is suitable. It does not do well if summers are extremely hot and long and winters are mild.

Availability

# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
Bulk
AS101BAG Asparagus, 'Mary Washington' 96 223 $27.84
Retail-Ready Packages
VA500000 Vegetable 'Garnish' Assortment 50 116 $132.50
AS604000 Mary Washington 25 224 $68.75
AS101-1
AS101-2

Plant Details +

Size 2 Yr
Height 6-18"
Spacing 18"
Hardiness Zones 2-9
Exposure Full sun
Harvest Spring

General Information +

Botanical: Asparagus officinalis

General Characteristics: Asparagus is a hardy perennial. It is the only common vegetable that grows wild along roadsides and railroad tracks over a large part of the country. Although establishing a good asparagus bed requires considerable work, your efforts will be rewarded. A well-planned bed can last from 15 to 25 years. For this reason, asparagus should be planted at the side or end of the garden, where it will not be disturbed by normal garden cultivation. Asparagus is one of the first vegetables ready to harvest in the spring. Asparagus is native to the Mediterranean and was eaten by the ancient Greeks.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: Asparagus beetles are commonly found in home plantings. If numerous, they may be controlled by a suggested insecticide or by handpicking. Asparagus rust can be a problem in the Midwest. Moisture left on the plant for 10 hours can help to spread the disease. Plant resistant varieties.

Easy to Grow: 1. Dig a trench 6" deep 2. Place the roots in the trench, spreading the roots so they remain flat. 3. Cover with 3" of dirt and once growth begins, fill in the additional 3" of soil.

Planting Instructions: Planting instructions: Plant in early spring in a sunny location of sandy loam with good drainage. Do not harvest the first year and harvesting may continue until June 1 the second year. Every season, when cuttings are over, apply a fertilizer to supply nitrogen for good regrowth of the plants. Approximately 10 lbs. per 100 foot of row for fertilizer similar to 10-10-10 (500 lbs. per acre) is sufficient. WATER PLANTS WELL AFTER PLANTING. After harvest, asparagus must be completely dormant before mowing. Mow late winter or early spring.

When to Plant Outdoors: Plant in the spring, after the ground warms to about 50ยบ F.