Asparagus can be harvested in the second year, but it is preferable to wait until the third year for better-established roots. A well-established asparagus plot can remain productive for over 20 years!
This perennial plant produces long, straight dark green spears adorned with violet tips. The harvesting season can last up to 60 days. This delicious variety is resistant to several diseases, such as rust.
About 10 weeks before the last expected ground frost, soak the seeds overnight to soften them. Plant them at a depth of 1/4 inch and 2 inches apart in a box filled with soil. Germination should normally occur within 10 to 15 days. Once the risk of ground frost has passed, plant them just below the soil surface (1/8 inch) at a distance of about 12 inches in sandy, well-drained soil, and in full sun. Regular additions of organic matter/compost are beneficial for production.
Asparagus shoots can be harvested as soon as they appear in spring until early summer. The optimal height for the spears is around 8 inches. Instead of cutting them, bend them until they break, giving you only the tender part of the vegetable. When the weather becomes warm, it is advisable to let the shoots fully develop into ferns to ensure a healthy harvest the following year.