Male / female asparagus info
I thought I would share some information I received when I wrote Jersey Asparagus Farms:
I bought a ten "all male" Giant Grade Jersey King and planted them this spring. One of them has tiny blossoms. Wouldn't that indicate that it's female? I'd like to pull that one out and replace it, but wanted to know for sure.
All asparagus plants (male and female) will produce blossoms. The difference is that males will produce male flowers and the female plants will produce female flowers. After a month or so the female flowers turn into berries. That's when you will know if you have any females. The Jersey varieties are male hybrids, not all male. Somebody gave it the all male name many years ago when they shouldn't have. There are female plants mixed in the Jersey lines. In our commercial fields we just leave the females rather than pull them.