Perennial Quick Search

Select Plant Type
Select Exposure

Full Shade

Partial Shade

Full Sun

Partial Sun

Faces in the Sun, Feet in the Shade
Select Height
Select Bloom Time
Select Characteristics


Suitable for containers


Cut Flower


Fragrant


Attracts Butterflies


Attracts Hummingbirds


Winter Hardy


Deer Resistant

Photo © Netherland Bulb Company, Images may not be copied,
altered or reproduced without express written consent.

« Previous Plant  |   Next Plant »

Asparagus officinalis 'Mary Washington'

Produces heavy yields of uniform, sturdy, tender stalks of dark green asparagus; one of the most popular varieties grown by home gardeners.

1) Plant in spring after the soil has warmed up to 50 degrees.
2) Asparagus need well drained soil with a pH of 7 to 7.2, a soil test is recommended to show any fertilizer needs.
3) Dig a furrow 5-6 inches deep and apply 1 lb of 0-46-0 fertilizer per 50 feet row to the bottom of the furrow.
4) Place crowns in the furrow, 12-16 inches apart; fertilizer will not burn asparagus crowns and they will grow no matter how they are placed in the furrow.
5) Fill the furrow with soil to its original level and do not tamp down.

Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Harvest late spring to early summer

Mature Height:

24-36 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

2-9 Find your zone

Exposure:

Full Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Begin at 48-55° F in high light conditions to promote new root growth keeping soil evenly moist but never overly wet. Once plants are actively growing move to 60° F to finish. Responds well to compost tea used for fertilizer.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 38
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: Low

Transplanting Instructions:

Soak roots for a short time then plant in well draining soil with a 7.0- 7.2 pH level. Keep crown 2" below soil surface with roots spread down within the pot. Once planted, water well and apply a broad spectrum fungicide to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun.

Printer Friendly Version

We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.