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Asparagus officinalis (Asparagus)

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skill rating
3 hours care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
3-8 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Asparagus officinalis

Other names

Asparagus

Genus

Asparagus Asparagus

Species

A. officinalis - Erect, multi-branced stems. Rich green, feathery, almost plume-like, flatened stems.Small, drooping, greenish white flowers. Bright red berries


Asparagus officinalis is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Erect, Open stems

Flower

Light green, White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Asparagus beetle , Slugs Asparagus beetle , Slugs

Foot and root rot Foot and root rot

General care

Pruning

Cut only a few, if any of the spears, in the first two years of growing to allow the plant to build up strength. Cut at least 2.5 cm below the surface. Stop cutting after the first 6 weeks of spring in the first year, and then after 8 weeks in subsequent

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Asparagus officinalis (Asparagus) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 3-8 years.

Cultivation

Plant in neutral or alkaline soil, and acid soils should have lime added. Take the time to prepare the ground before planting by weeding, digging an manuring. In early spring, dig trenches and set the crowns 30-45 cm apart, with the top oif th crown 10 cm

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Asparagus officinalis

Other names

Asparagus

Genus

Asparagus Asparagus

Species

A. officinalis - Erect, multi-branced stems. Rich green, feathery, almost plume-like, flatened stems.Small, drooping, greenish white flowers. Bright red berries

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Erect, Open stems


Colour

Flower

Light green, White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Asparagus beetle , Slugs

Specific diseases

Foot and root rot

General care

Pruning

Cut only a few, if any of the spears, in the first two years of growing to allow the plant to build up strength. Cut at least 2.5 cm below the surface. Stop cutting after the first 6 weeks of spring in the first year, and then after 8 weeks in subsequent

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Asparagus officinalis (Asparagus) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 3-8 years.

Cultivation

Plant in neutral or alkaline soil, and acid soils should have lime added. Take the time to prepare the ground before planting by weeding, digging an manuring. In early spring, dig trenches and set the crowns 30-45 cm apart, with the top oif th crown 10 cm

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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