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Asparagus officinalis 'Martha Washington'

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?
A plant that lives for more than two years.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

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Height Up to 150cm (59.1in)
Spread Up to 45cm (17.7in)

Hardy Perennial

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Full sun

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Description
A very strong growing and productive variety. Asparagus 'Martha Washington' produces long, thick spears in May and early June that are delicious eaten fresh from the garden and are also suitable for freezing. Although asparagus beds take several years to establish, each asparagus crown can produce up to 25 spears per year and will continue cropping for 25 years. Height: 150cm (59"). Spread: 45cm (18").

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1 packet (40 asparagus seeds) (23585)

Sowing

Direct sow asparagus seed outdoors in mid spring in a well prepared seed bed. 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. Soak the seeds for 48 hours in warm water before sowing 5cm (2") deep, 8cm (3") apart in drills 30cm (12") apart. Asparagus seed germination is slow taking 21 - 30 days.


Alternatively asparagus seeds can be started off under glass. When large enough to handle, thin out asparagus seedlings to 30cm (12") apart, and grow on for a season. The following spring (late March/April) transplant young asparagus plants into a well prepared bed. Plant asparagus crowns 45cm (18") apart in rows 1.2m (4ft) apart taking care to ensure that the roots are not cramped.

Delivery

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