How to Plant Asparagus Seeds
Asparagus is a green vegetable that usually comes first at the end of the winter season. Generally, its presence indicates the beginning of the spring season. However, these are tender yet nutritious stalks that you can grow in your garden. If you plant the seeds right and once they get established, they will definitely reward you with annual spears for as long as 25 years. So, this OneHowTo.com article is going to show you how to plant asparagus seeds.
- The first step to plant Asparagus seeds is to find out if asparagus will grow properly in your region or not. It grows best in places that receive cold winters and dry summers, and not wet summers and mild winters.
- Be prepared to wait for at least 3 years before you can harvest your first produce. Seed germination and sprouting occurs during the first season, and their roots take 2 years to establish into the soil.
- Selecting a spot to plant your asparagus seeds is also important. As it will keep producing for around 25 years, you need to select a spot that you can maintain for a long time. Also make sure that the spot that you choose receives full sunlight, has well-drained soil and has some space for a bed raising too.
Buying the asparagus seeds
You can buy asparagus seeds from any home or garden store, nursery or over the Internet. They are available all through the year, but make sure that the seeds that you choose are rust-resistant. Heirloom varieties like purple asparagus can be purchased from a nursery, but if you want a white asparagus variety, you can create it by shielding the seeds from sun.
Planting the seeds
Start by planting the seeds indoors. As soon as the spring starts, plant single seeds in little pots dedicated to start seedlings. Place these pots in full sunlight, water the soil everyday, and maintain a temperature of around 25 ˚C (77 ˚F). When the seeds start sprouting, lower the temperature to 21˚C (70˚ F). Now, you can place them outside. Once they are a foot tall and the weather has warmed up a little, you can plant them outdoors in a nursery bed. Make sure that the hole is at least 3 inches deep so that they can continue growing. Once the plants complete a growing cycle, they reach maturity and you can transfer them to a permanent bed.
After-care of asparagus plants
Asparagus plants take two full years to reach maturity, and till that time, it is important to keep their soil constantly moist. As weeds, grasses and other such plants may deprive the asparagus plants of the needed nutrients, it is important to weed the soil on a regular basis. Use a liquid fertilizer in the spring to stimulate their growth, and cover them with mulch or straw during winters to protect them from cold. Asparagus beetles may attack an asparagus plant, due to which it is important to keep a watch on beetles and their eggs, and pick them off there and then.
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