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Mary Washington Improved Asparagus

Improved Yields from an Old Fashioned Favorite

The best of the open-pollinated varieties. Produces higher yields with tighter tips than the original Mary Washington; same outstanding flavor. Not high-heat tolerant, so be sure to cut spears on the short side. At temperatures over 70°F, taller spears may become tough and woody. For each offer, get 10 plants.
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  • Botanical Name: Asparagus officinalis 'Mary Washington Improved'
  • Height: 4 - 5 feet
  • Spacing: 18 inches apart
  • Depth: 6 - 10 inches
  • Spread: 18 inches
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Foliage: Feathery fern-like green foliage.
  • Zone: 3-8
  • Form: vegetable, asparagus, open pollinated
  • Soil Requirements: Sandy Soil
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • Pruning: Mow plants down after the foliage has turned brown.
  • Size: Medium Grade
  • Comments: Resistant to some rusts and blights. Produces heavily for many years. 60 day cutting season. Noted for uniform size and gourmet flavor. Tighter tips and larger spurs. Keep your asparagus beds very well weeded as the crowns are getting established. Periodically add more of the soil and compost mix around emerging shoots until the trench is filled. When the trench is filled completely add a four to six inch thick layer of mulch to keep weeds down throughout the season.; This variety has both male and female plants. Produces heavier yields with tighter tips than the original. Emerald spears have the same superior flavor, reliability and extra-long cutting period.; Not high-heat tolerant. At temperatures over 70 degrees, spears may become tough so you might cut them on the short side when it is warm.

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Asparagus - Unboxing
Asparagus - Unboxing
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Asparagus - Planting Delayed
Asparagus - Site Prep
Asparagus - Site Prep
Asparagus - Planting Tips
Asparagus - Planting Tips
Asparagus - Pruning
Asparagus - Pruning
Asparagus - Watering
Asparagus - Watering

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