Mary Washington Asparagus


Mary Washington Asparagus

Asparagus officinalis Heirloom variety developed by JB Norton, USDA, 1919.

Large early green stalks tolerate heat well and demonstrate good resistance to rust. For those of you who know your antique asparagus, Mary was selected from Martha. Of the two, Mary is earlier, more vigorous and more uniform.

A parent to many modern varieties and planted in American gardens for more than a century. Very winter-hardy. Z3/4. (1-year bare-root crowns)

561 Mary Washington
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Plant 14–18" apart, 6–10" deep, in trenches 4' apart. Lay plants with crown up and cover with 2" of soil. As young shoots grow, add soil gradually, just covering the shoots, until the trench is full. In late fall, remove dead stalks and mulch with 3" of manure. Comes into full harvest year four.

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