Basics

Ease of Growing
Moderate
Grown as
Perennial
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Hardy

Asparagus doesn't like very hot humid areas or very mild winters.

Crops
Spring Transplant, Spring
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Cold, Cool, Warm

Asparagus likes a sunny spot. It can take some light shade, but won't be as productive. These plants should be sheltered from strong winds and should be planted well away from large trees or shrubs, with their vigorous feeder roots.

Outdoor Growing Temp
45°F - 85°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
45°F

Asparagus can be planted out in early spring, as soon as the soil is in workable condition. However there is no rush, as it will take up to three years before you get a good harvest. Some people say late spring (after all danger of frost is passed) is actually better, as the plants grow faster in the warmer soil and there is less danger of rot.

Start Indoors
Yes
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool, Warm)

Give the plants full sun and shelter from strong winds. Keep them well away from large trees and shrubs and their hungry roots.

Water
Moderate

The plants are fairly drought tolerant, but produce better if watered regularly. This is particularly important for young plants. Water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep rooting.

Feeder
Moderate

Asparagus is a fairly hungry plant and responds well to additional nutrients.

Suitability
Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, Needs lots of space
Small Gardens?
No
Containers?
No
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Attracts beneficial insects?
No
Color
Green with purple tips
Fruit Size
6.0-9.0"
Plant Height
48.0-60.0"
Plant Diameter
12.0-36.0"
Hardiness Zone
4-9
Disease Resistance
-
Taste Profile

Sweet, mild, nutty and delicate; more tender than green asparagus. Will turn green when cooked.