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ASPARAGUS - MARY WASHINGTON

Asparagus Mary Washington Compliments of Gardening DrumBotanical Name: Asparagus officinalis
Description

It is an attractive fern-like perennial that can produce fresh tasty spears for over 20 years if the beds are well-maintained. Asparagus prefers sandy soils but with the right preparation will perform very well in heavier clays. Valuable investment in the long term vegetable garden.

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Plant Information or Specifications

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Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

0-1m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Suitability in Pots

Yes

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

2-3 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

October, November, December

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Best hilled for better drainage. Remove seed heads as it can easily become a weed in warmer areas. Delicious lightly steamed and served with extra-virgin olive oil, chopped basil and cracked black pepper. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 28-May-2006
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Paulaf1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2539 days 22hrs

Comments: -

I love eating this straight off the plant.  I have 2 female plants as they both have the red berries, so I only get very thin stems.  The odd one is quite thick though, so are worth keeping in.

I cut them right back at the end of winter when all the fronds have died back and I give them a good feed of compost and manure just as they are pushing up new growths  and keep them well watered over summer.

Planted: 2006

First Fruited: 3 Years after I planted Cutting

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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Asparagus - Mary Washington (Seedling) 8/10

Treetopsdreaming's Edible Fruits
Update: 1632 days 1hrs

Comments: -

A lovely tasting, attractive, long lived perennial... What's not to love?


Please visit our website at www.treetopsdreaming.com.au to learn about our family's slow journey towards a more self sufficient, sustainable and creative lifestyle, Enjoy!

Planted: 2010

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

First Fruited: 3 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No


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Asparagus - Mary Washington 10/10

Crookie's Edible Fruits
Update: 2987 days 12hrs

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Planted and left unharvested first season.  Cut down and mulched after tops died off, cow manure added over winter.  Second season fantastic!  Coming into our third and we are thrilled with them.  9 of 10 thrived, replaced 1 crown.

Planted: 2007

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 10

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: cow manure, seasol.

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Winter

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic


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Carlton's Edible Fruits
Update: 2920 days 18hrs

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Still working out where its going, currently in the potting shed and doing well. More seeds planted so I hope to have around 10 plants ready for harvest in the next few years.


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Asparagus - Mary Washington 10/10

Caroline1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2987 days 13hrs

Comments: -

going well

Planted: 2007

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Pest Control:

none

Organic Status:Organic


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Asparagus - Mary Washington (Seedling) 10/10

JohnMc1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2792 days 13hrs

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I bought these as two year old plants. I resisted the tempation to harvest them this year, so next year they will be in full form. 25 plants in total. I'll be picking them at four years of age.

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 25

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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au0rey says... [2548 days 15hrs ago]
cool!!!

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Cam's Edible Fruits
Update: 2524 days 12hrs

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I love asparagus, I am sure I'll like more once I munch on the fresh ones.


My asparagus plants are doing ok but as not good as anticipated. Firstly, I didn't plant them deep enough and secondly, I might have chosen the wrong spot for them. They are exposed to the harsh afternoon sun and not to mention the strong wind which is blowing the ferns in all directions. Will buy more crowns next year to plant in more suitable areas.


Planted in the ground July 2010. Also  bought some purple asparagus seeds.

Height 40 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 20

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Asparagus - Mary Washington (Seedling) 5/10

Linnie's Edible Fruits
Update: 2753 days 10hrs

Comments: -

It didn't exactly die... It was one of the first things I bought, as crowns, and I planted them out years ago when we first got here. The best, deepest, most permanent soil and position for asparagus was in the gully down in the bottom paddock, fenced off from stock.

I looked at the plants for ages, and never did see plump asparagus stems shooting from the ground. When I planted it, I hadn't realised that 'long-term' crop meant just that, and now my rainforest has grown up around the asparagus!

I imagine that if I prepare a good, deep, bed of soil, I could transplant the crowns, but I don't actually have a spare good, deep bed available!

Pollination: Cross Pollination


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Ellen's Edible Fruits
Update: 2946 days 20hrs

Comments: -

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In pot

It is dead now, however I do hopes the root is still OK, hopes it will start kicking again as NSW is getting warmer into Spring .

Growing: In a Pot


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Asparagus - Mary Washington (Cutting)

Tiggerbow's Edible Fruits
Update: 2965 days 17hrs

Comments: -

Both crowns have produced spears.

1st (back crown) approx. 21st August

2nd (front crown) 2nd September

Planted: 2009

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Organic Status:Organic


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Asparagus - Mary Washington (Seedling)

Magsgaz1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2736 days 13hrs

Comments: -

Looking fwd to harvesting shoots next spring.

Planted: 2009

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Organic


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Asparagus - Mary Washington 7/10

Gardengirl's Edible Fruits
Update: 1883 days 14hrs

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Very healthy crowns arrived last month (July 2012), dug an enormous trench in my clay soil and dug in a barrow of compost, gypsum and some lime. Sprouting and the brittle shoots need to be protected from my crazy kittens...

Height 50 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun


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GardenOfColumba's Edible Fruits
Update: 1861 days 11hrs

Comments: - Delicious, and too expensive in the shops to really indulge myself as much as I'd like. Likes water, and is doing much better with a seeping hose than hand watering.

Planted: 2011

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 35

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Pest Control: No pests so far...


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