Asparagus Plants , Asparagus Crowns and Asparagus Seeds

The asparagus plant is a perenial vegetable formaly known as asparagus officinalis and part of the Lily family.

As such it has a tuberous root system that lives for many years sending up fresh shoots each spring which grow into tall fern like plants and die back in the autumn.

The asparagus plant is a perenial vegetable formaly known as asparagus officinalis and part of the Lily family.

As such it has a tuberous root system that lives for many years sending up fresh shoots each spring which grow into tall fern like plants and die back in the autumn.

Features of the Asparagus Plant

The terms asparagus plants and asparagus crowns are used interchangeably but the plant actually comprises a crown, which is a collection of rhizomes and lateral roots, a fern which grows above ground and a wider spread of roots.The part of the plant that is eaten is the young shoots that if allowed to grow on form the stalk of the asparagus fern.

Each asparagus plant will be either male or female. The females produce berries and producing those berries uses up some of their energy. As a result you are likely to get better crops with the male plants. Some varieties produce male only seeds whilst others produce both. If you grow from seed you can weed out the females when you first see them produce berries.Good quality crowns bought for planting will typically be male.

As with most plants there are a range of varieties to choose from some of which are summarised below.

If you plan on growing asparagus you need to decide which variety to buy, whether to buy pot grown, bare rooted or seed, where to buy them from and what time of year to buy and plant them.

Large Asparagus FernFully Grown Asparagus Fern
Asparagus CrownAsparagus Crowns Ready for Planting

Features of the Asparagus Plant

Fully Grown Asparagus FernFully Grown Asparagus Fern

The terms asparagus plants and asparagus crowns are used interchangeably but the plant actually comprises a crown, which is a collection of rhizomes and lateral roots, a fern which grows above ground and a wider spread of roots.The part of the plant that is eaten is the young shoots that if allowed to grow on form the stalk of the asparagus fern.

Each plant will be either male or female. The females produce berries and producing those berries uses up some of their energy. As a result you are likely to get better crops with the male plants. Some varieties produce male only seeds whilst others produce both. If you grow from seed you can weed out the females when you first see them produce berries.Good quality crowns bought for planting will typically be male.

As with most plants there are a range of varieties to choose from some of which are summarised below.

If you plan on growing asparagus you need to decide which variety to buy, whether to buy pot grown, bare rooted or seed, where to buy them from and what time of year to buy and plant them.

Buying - Pot Grown / Bare Rooted or Seed?

There is more choice readily available in plants or crowns than asparagus seed. If you choose to plant from seed you might have to look a bit harder to find the  variety you are after.

Growing from seed is inevitably going to need a bit more patience as most asparagus plants are 1 or 2 years old so you have 1 or two more years to wait before you can start harvesting asparagus spears to eat. However, the bonus is in the cost. Seed is cheaper at from 10 seeds for £2.99 to 500 seeds for around the £2 to £3 mark. Make sure you buy seed from a reputable source and if you have the patience it may be worth the wait especialy if you plan on establishing a large bed.

Most commonly available are loose crowns.The crowns can be kept out of the gournd during their dormant period for a while providing the conditions are ggod although the shorter this period the better. As a result it is possible to buy crowns by mail order or from a local garden center or nursery.

A few suppliers sell young plants growing in plugs.

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