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Purple Passion Asparagus

Rich Color, Record Yields


Large-diameter spears have 20% more sugars and emerge later than green varieties, protecting them from early frost damage. Mild flavor and low fiber content with a creamy green, tender interior make Purple Passion a chef's favorite. Spears turn green when cooked. Cut before spear exceeds 5". For each offer, get 10 plants.
  • Zone 3 - 8 (2 with protection).
  • Height 4 - 5 feet.
  • Light Required Full Sun.

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  • Botanical Name: Asparagus officinalis "Purple Passion" (male and female plants)
  • Height: 4 - 5 feet.
  • Spacing: For best performance, plant spacing for Purple Passion is 6 - 8 inches apart in the row instead of the usual 12 inch spacing.
  • Depth: Prepare a trench 8 inches deep. Spread crowns over the soil and cover them with 2 inches of soil. Gradually fill the trench with soil as the plants grow (If your soil is clay or heavy, you may want to add compost).
  • Spread: 18 inches.
  • Sun/Shade: Full Sun.
  • Yield: Record yields. Grown for the stems or spears, a well tended planting yields 8 to 10 pounds or more per 100 square feet of bed or 24 to 30 pounds per 100 feet of row.
  • Foliage: Fern-like foliage.
  • Fruit: Large-diameter spears have 20% more sugars and emerge later than green varieties, protecting them from frost damage.
  • Form: Perennial.
  • Soil Requirements: Sandy, fertile loam with good drainage.
  • Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
  • Seed Count: 10 crowns per offer.
  • Pruning: Cut emerging asparagus before the spear exceeds 5 inches. After harvest, asparagus must be completely dormant before mowing. Mow late Winter or early Spring.
  • Comments: Rich color and record yields. Larger, sweeter, tastier spears than green types. Stalks turn green when cooked.

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