Mary Washington Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)
An American favorite, Mary Washington will produce a light harvest of tender, tasty spears the second year after planting and a delicious bounty in the years that follow.
- 75+ seeds minimum
- Germination: 14-21 days
- Start indoors 60-90 days before last frost. Soak seeds for 24 hours and plant ½” deep in seed starting mix.
- Harden off and transplant into well composted trenches when frost danger has passed. Gradually fill trenches as asparagus matures.
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I planted the seeds in January this year... and thinking they will not germinate I planted 24 of them (plus 24 of the Argenteuil variety)... well I got my wish! All of them germinated them and now I am in a pool of very healthy asparagus plants... lol... nice problem to have :) At the rate and speed they are growing (I am in zone 10B) I had to re-pot them 3 times (Now in 5 gallon buckets), and they are ready to be planted in soil sooner than anticipated... Don't even think of buying 1 or 2 year crowns, that will produce in 1 to 2 years... I will be able to harvest these babies next year! They are already pencil thin and they are only 9 months old! I can't say anything but THANK YOU! what a great buy!
This will be my third summer since I planted my seeds. I will finally get to harvest them! This year! They looked amazing last year it was so hard not to eat them! :)