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Asparagus officinalis


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Asparagus does not need traditional wide raised beds, nor is it the luxury crop often assumed. The plants have very decorative ferny foliage and may be grown in single rows in the kitchen garden, or even in groups in a flower border. Crowns can be bought for planting and will start cropping well 1-2 years later, or plants can be raised from seed. All-male varieties have revolutionised cultivation - they are much more prolific than traditional kinds, earlier in their lives, and do not waste energy on producing seeds.

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Asparagus

Species: officinalis

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: February to April

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