Heat and drought tolerant, heavy yield
Also known as "Mary's Grandaughter." Developed at UC Davis, this variety is more heat and drought tolerant than other varieties. Yields heavy dark green spears with fairly compact heads. The plant has tall feathery, graceful stems. Plants may take 2 to 3 years to come to full production but can bear for 10 to 15 years. Disease resistant.Asparagaceae Asparagus officinalis
Mary's Granddaughter UC 72
Asparagus is a herbaceous, perennial plant which grows to 36 to 60" tall, with stout stems and clusters of feathery foliage.
Asparagus crowns can be purchased online or from your local nursery. When looking for crowns look for fresh ones with firm roots. If the roots are shriveled or feel papery, don't use them.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Growing Habit
Asparagus doesn't like very hot humid areas or very mild winters.
- Spring Transplant
- 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 well away from large trees or shrubs, with their vigorous feeder roots.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 85°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
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
- Start Outdoors
- 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.
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.
Asparagus is a fairly hungry plant and responds well to additional nutrients.
- Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, Needs lots of space
- Small Gardens?
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Dark green
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Rich, nutty and deeply distinct.