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Asparagus officinalis

Asparagus

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Features

  • BloomsMay to June
  • Height1m to 2m
  • Spread0.6m
  • Growth HabitIrregular tuft
  • Flower ColourRed yellow-green-white
  • Leaf ColourLight green

Description

Asparagus officinalis (Asparagus). Asparagus is a delicious perennial vegetable. The spears of asparagus will expand into ferny upright stems.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Vegetable

Other common names

Sparrow grass, Wild asparagus

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

It was once an official medicinal herb, noted for its diuretic and laxative properties.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

When preparing an asparagus trench, some special care should be taken in the preparation of the growing bed. You should make your trench deep about 1foot and about as wide. Give your soil plenty of organic matter such as compost or leaf mould, and then refill your trench by half and set your crowns in the soil. Every spring you will need to mulch well with compost or other organic matter as asparagus plants are heavy feeders. Harvesting may start in late spring and may end in early summer.

Propagation

Propagation is by seeds or division in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Asparagus beetle, rust, slugs, snails and frost.

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