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ASPARAGUS officinalis 'Jersey Knight'
Asparagus, Jersey Knight Asparagus
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Asparagus ‘Jersey Knight’ is a superior variety which produces thick spears. It is disease resistant, cold hardy and an all male cultivar which is very productive.
Asparagus is one of the few truly perennial vegetables. It is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial native to the seacoast of Europe, Asia and North Africa. Over time its clumps spread very slowly via rhizomes (underground stems). Mature asparagus is ferny in appearance; however it is not a true fern. The much sought after luscious, asparagus spears are immature or unexpanded stems. Asparagus is dioecious, separate male and female plants, the male plants tend to produce more spears than the females.
Spears are harvested in spring as they emerge from the ground. Those that are at least the width of a finger may be harvested. In Europe it is common to cover the crowns and harvest emerging stems before they are exposed to light. This cultural practice is called blanching and results in white asparagus.
Choose a planting site for asparagus well, it is a permanent installation. Asparagus is best in a well-drained sandy or loamy soil. Full sun is a must. Mix in some organic matter and plant one-year old crowns for earlier spear production. Asparagus does require a dormant period, usually brought on by cold, but there are production methods using drought or mother fern removal for warmer locations. Control weeds with straw or mulch, supply adequate moisture and be sure to leave spears to develop into mother ferns to nourish the plants for next year’s harvest.
8 - 1
3 - 8
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Southern Europe, Mediterranean
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow Green, Orange Red
Purple, Light Green, Dark Green
Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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