Mary Washington Asparagus

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Asparagus 'Mary Washington'
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The Mary Washington Asparagus is an outstanding variety. This strong grower produces large, rich, green stalks. Added bonus, it's rust resistant. Make sure you plant in full sun, well-drained site but moist soil. Asparagus plants need a lot of room to grow, so make sure you pick a spot where they can flourish. Mature size is around 3 - 4' tall x 12 - 24" wide.

Planting & Care for Edible Plants – Asparagus

Preparation

  • Asparagus needs plenty of room to grow.
  • Pick a sunny location to plant.
  • Make sure your soil pH level is around 6.5-7.0. If you’re not sure contact your local UW Extension office to help test your soil level.
  • Asparagus is planted in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked.
  • Asparagus does not like to have its feet “wet,” so be sure your bed has good drainage. For that reason, raised beds can be a good place to plant asparagus.

Opening Plant Material

  • Bare Root - Cut open the bundle (top and roots are tied) and separate all the plants. Soak roots in buckets of water until planted (preferably overnight). Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification. Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out. Keep roots covered. All bare-root plants must be trimmed when planted. 

Planting Bare Root

  • Prepare a bed of fine, loamy soil to which a liberal dressing of composted manure has been added and tilled in.
  • Plant 1 foot apart in rows 4 feet apart.
  • To plant, make a trench about 6" to 8" deep.
  • Plant Asparagus with the bud facing upward and cover with 3" of soil. Water well.
  • As plants start to grow, fill in trench with the additional soil until, by mid-summer, the ground is level.
  • When the trench is filled, add a 4 to 8 inch layer of mulch and water regularly.
  • Do not cut any new shoots, but allow the "ferny" foliage to grow and store food for next year.
  • Scroll below and click on the orange box “Handling & Planting Guidelines” for an illustration on how to plant these bare root plants.

Pruning – After Planting

  • Do not cut any new shoots, but allow the "ferny" foliage to grow and store food for next year.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Cut down dead foliage in late fall and side-dress with compost.

Harvesting

  • Do not harvest the spears in the first year, but cut down dead foliage in late fall and side-dress with compost.
  • Asparagus can take three growing seasons to harvest; you may be able to lightly harvest during the second year.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week. Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.  
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

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Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The Mary Washington Asparagus is an outstanding variety.
  • This strong grower produces large, rich, green stalks.
  • Added bonus, it's rust resistant.
  • Make sure you plant in full sun, well-drained site but moist soil.
  • Asparagus plants need a lot of room to grow, so make sure you pick a spot where they can flourish.
  • Mature size is around 3-4' tall x 12-24" wide.
  • Asparagus needs plenty of room to grow.
  • Pick a sunny location to plant.
  • Make sure your soil pH level is around 6.5-7.0. If you’re not sure contact your local UW Extension office to help test your soil level.
  • Asparagus is planted in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked.
  • Asparagus does not like to have its feet “wet,” so be sure your bed has good drainage. For that reason, raised beds can be a good place to plant asparagus.
  • Do not cut any new shoots, but allow the "ferny" foliage to grow and store food for next year.
  • Cut down dead foliage in late fall and side-dress with compost.
  • Do not harvest the spears in the first year, but cut down dead foliage in late fall and side-dress with compost.
  • Asparagus can take three growing seasons to harvest; you may be able to lightly harvest during the second year.

How do we dig our bare root plants?

 

What does a bare root plant look like?

Popular Sizes
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Container  10 8" 10" FedEx
#3 Container/Grow Bag 25 10" 15" FedEx
2' - 5' Bare Root 5 - 35 5 - 15" 2 - 5' FedEx
Containers/Grow Bags
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Container  10 8" 10" FedEx
#2 Container 15 12" 12" FedEx
#3 Container/Grow Bag 25 10" 15" FedEx
#5 Container/Grow Bag 40 14" 10" McKay Delivery*
#7 Container/Grow Bag 35 - 50 14 - 16" 1 - 2' McKay Delivery*
#10 Container/Grow Bag 55 - 70 18" 1 - 3' McKay Delivery*
#15 Container/Grow Bag 65 - 80 22" 2 - 3' McKay Delivery*
#20 Container/Grow Bag 100 - 160 24" 7 McKay Delivery*
#25 Container/Grow Bag 130 - 200 24 - 30" 8' McKay Delivery*
Bare Root
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Bare Root 5 5 - 8" (no soil on roots) 5 - 10" FedEx
12" Bare Root 5 - 10 5" (no soil on roots) 10 - 12" FedEx
15" Bare Root 8 - 10 10 - 12" (no soil on roots) 12 - 15" FedEx
18" Bare Root 10 - 15 10 - 15" (no soil on roots) 15 - 18" FedEx
2' Bare Root 15 12" (no soil on roots) 2' FedEx
3' Bare Root 20 15" (no soil on roots) 3' FedEx
4' Bare Root 25 18" (no soil on roots) 4' FedEx
5' Bare Root 30 20" (no soil on roots) 5' FedEx
6' Bare Root 35 22" (no soil on roots) 6' McKay Delivery*
8' Bare Root 40 22 - 24" (no soil on roots) 8' McKay Delivery*
9' Bare Root 45 24 - 30" (no soil on roots) 9' McKay Delivery*
1 3/4" caliper Bare Root 50 30" (no soil on roots) 5 - 6' McKay Delivery*
1 1/4" caliper Bare Root 55 32" (no soil on roots) 8 - 11' McKay Delivery*
1 1/2" caliper Bare Root 60 32" (no soil on roots) 10 - 12' McKay Delivery*
2 1/2" caliper Bare Root 65 32 - 35" (no soil on roots) 10 - 16' McKay Delivery*
Balled & Burlap (B&B)
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
2' tall B&B 50 12 - 16" 2'  McKay Delivery*
3' tall B&B 60 - 250 22 - 24" 4' McKay Delivery*
4' tall B&B 250 22 - 24"  5' McKay Delivery*
5' tall B&B 325 16 - 24" 5' McKay Delivery*
6' tall B&B 150 - 325 24 - 30"  6' McKay Delivery*
7' tall B&B 500 - 700 30"  7' McKay Delivery*
8' tall B&B 600 - 700 30 - 32" 8' McKay Delivery*
9' tall B&B 700 30 - 35" 9' McKay Delivery*
1 1/4" caliper B&B 250 - 700 22" - 28" 8 - 11' McKay Delivery*
1 1/2" caliper B&B 350 - 600 24" - 30"  10 - 12' McKay Delivery*
2" caliper B&B 600 - 700 28" - 32"  10 - 14' McKay Delivery*
2 1/2" caliper B&B 700 - 1,000 30" - 36" 10 - 16' McKay Delivery*
3" caliper B&B 850 - 1,200 34" - 38" 12 - 18' McKay Delivery*
3 1/2" caliper B&B 1,000 - 1,200 36"  3' McKay Delivery*

*McKay Delivery - This shipping method can only be used when your delivery address is within 60 miles of Waterloo, Wisconsin. McKay will hand delivery your nursery stock. We can delivey any size, but typically this shipping method is used for oversize items that FedEx cannot ship.

Growing Zones: 3-7

Color: Green
Plant Size: 3-4' tall x 12-24" wide
Fruit: Green
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: Yes
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: No
Attracts Bees: No
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: Yes
Native: No

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