Gulf Coast Asparagus varieties

bradleyus(8)January 30, 2012

Has anyone had any luck growing asparagus in the gulf coast areas? I live close to I-10. Are there varieties available that work better this area? I've never trieds asparaugus before and would appreciate any pointers. Thanks.

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ginia_2009(8)

Martha Washington will grow in our area, but it hasn't been very prolific for me. I mostly use it raw in salads. I live in Panama City. Good luck.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2012 at 3:46PM
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jimr36(5b CO)

I just got some "Jersey Giant" variety, which I'm going to try out. This (asparagus) will be a new crop for me as well...

    Bookmark   February 13, 2012 at 12:04PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

I read that it doesn't do well in the gulf coast, the soil needs to get very cold, while it is in dormancy. I bought some too. I am planning on putting ice on top of the soil next winter, to see if that will work. Barbra

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 12:20PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

I called the nursery where I bought my asparagus from to ask what variety I boutht, it was in the refrig. and just said asparagus. I was told it is UC72, does really well in South Texas. They were just beautiful fleshy roots. Barbra

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 1:06PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Well I just spent a week in Rockport Tx, putting in my new asparagus bed. The nurseryman told me I would not need to ice down the asparagus bed. The variety I bought does not require cold weather. I will need to add 2 inches of dirt every other week, until the bed is 8 inches deep. Thank goodness our Lowes sells broken bags half price. Barbra

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 8:48PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Just got back from the coast, the asparagus bed I put in 2 weeks ago already has plants coming up. I can't believe I already have baby asparagus . I added 1 inch of soil today, I will add one inch every other week until the bed is 8 inches deep. I was told that I need to cut down the new plants the first year, and will not be able to get any asparagus until the 2nd year. Is that true? Barbra

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 10:51PM
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SoTX(8b/9a)

No, that is not true! Don't harvest any, but do let the ferns grow to feed next years crop. I have Martha Washington, Jersey Supreme, and Purple Passion & all do well.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2012 at 2:27AM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Thanks for answering my question, my asparagus bed is full of new sprouts. I will let them grow into fern. I wish everything grew that fast. Barbra

    Bookmark   March 17, 2012 at 5:39PM
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everglades

I've raised asparagus for several years. The trick is not to cut the spears for eating for 2 years after planting- let it go to fern. Then trim the fern back to the ground every January for the new spears to come up. Good Luck

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 11:12PM
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