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Asparagus officinalis 'Autumn Planting Collection' (Autumn planting)

Hardy Perennial

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Autumn planting.

Offering excellent value for money, this autumn planting collection provides a good range of varieties, ensuring a long cropping season and reliable supply of delicious asparagus spears. Height: 150cm (59"). Spread: 45cm (18").

  • Collection comprises:
  • Asparagus 'Ariane' - Delicious purple-tipped spears early in the season.
  • Asparagus 'Mondeo' - Impressive yields and quality, especially early in the season.
  • Asparagus 'Pacific 2000' - Consistently uniform, green spears that are tender and stringless.
  • Asparagus 'Purple Pacific' - Stringless spears that are more tender and sweet than many green varieties.

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    How to grow asparagus

    Ideal For:
    kitchen garden
    Position:
    full sun
      • 20 crowns - 5 of each variety

      •  
      • Despatch: By end of November 2014
      • £29.99
      • 40 crowns - 10 of each variety

      • SAVE £26.97  
      • Despatch: By end of November 2014
      • £71.96 £44.99

    Prepare permanent asparagus beds well in advance of receiving your order so that the crowns can be planted without delay. Choose a sheltered position in full sun. Asparagus beds should be richly fertile and well drained. Remove all weeds, and incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the soil to improve soil structure and fertility. On cold, wet soils the addition of sharp sand or grit will help to improve drainage.

    Dig long trenches, 20cm (10") deep by 30cm (12") wide, and fill the bottom of the trench with 7cm (3") of well rotted manure or garden compost. Mound up soil on top of the manure to form a ridge along the length of the trench and place the asparagus crowns on top of ridge with their roots draped over the edge of the ridge at a distance of 45cm (18") apart. Cover the crowns with 7cm (3") of soil and firm them into their positions.

    Weed asparagus beds by hand as the shallow roots may be damaged by hoeing. Water asparagus beds regularly during hot periods, to prevent them from drying out. In autumn cut back the yellowing foliage and mulch the crowns with well rotted manure to protect them from frost. Feed with a general fertiliser each March.

    When growing asparagus, resist the temptation to harvest the spears during their first season, but instead allow the plants to develop foliage. A limited crop of spears may be harvested in the second year during April and May when they reach 15cm (6") tall. By the third year, the crop can be fully harvested. It is recommended to stop cutting from the end of May to allow the shoots to develop into foliage. Later harvests can be made but risk weakening the plant.

    Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


    Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
    Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
    Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


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    Reviews
    1. Only when you plant a new bed do you realise how unproductive your old one was!

      By tracey BELL 14-08-2012

      Fabulous selection of strong healthy plants, lovely sweet tender varieties, bed is in its first year so trying to leave it alone,have been nibbling the odd spear (even now the bed is still throwing up masses of shoots), crowns are certainly fast to establish. I hadn't realised how unproductive my old bed had become, great decision to make a new bed and love the selection.

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