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Gulf Coast Asparagus varieties

Posted by bradleyus 8b Gautier, MS (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 30, 12 at 20:32

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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RE: Gulf Coast Asparagus varieties

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.


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RE: Gulf Coast Asparagus varieties

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...


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RE: Gulf Coast Asparagus varieties

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


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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


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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


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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


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  • Posted by SoTX 8b/9a (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 12, 12 at 2:27

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.


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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


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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


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