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MARY WASHINGTON ASPARAGUS

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MARY WASHINGTON ASPARAGUS (heirloom)

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As late as 1869 seedsman Peter Henderson maintained that there were no separate varieties of asparagus and that differences were based on soil conditions. He later changed his mind. The Mary and Martha Washington varieties were developed around 1900 for greater disease resistance. From the 1930 DM Ferry seed catalog: "A vigorous growing and productive asparagus bred to resist the disease known as Asparagus Rust". Mary is a selection from Martha and is earlier and more robust. Stalks are slightly oval and of fine quality. 25 seeds.
As late as 1869 seedsman Peter Henderson maintained that there were no separate varieties of asparagus and that differences were based on soil conditions. He later changed his mind. The Mary and Martha Washington varieties were developed around 1900 for greater disease resistance. From the 1930 DM Ferry seed catalog: "A vigorous growing and productive asparagus bred to resist the disease known as Asparagus Rust". Mary is a selection from Martha and is earlier and more robust. Stalks are slightly oval and of fine quality. 25 seeds. PLANTING: Indoors- 12-14 weeks before last frost date. Soak seed for 24 hours before planting 1/2” deep with soil temperature 70-80 degrees. Patience is required as germination can take 2-8 weeks. Transplant out after frost danger has passed, 10-15” apart in a 4-6” trench. Fill in the trench as the seedlings grow. Outdoors- plant 1/2’ deep and 2-3” apart in late spring in rows or beds Harvest- ready for harvest in 3-4 years, may selectively pick a few spears during the third year. Tips- Plant into fertile soil with lots of organic matter and 1 inch of water per week. Keep weeded as asparagus doesn't compete well with weeds. Cut the fern- like growth to the ground when it becomes yellow and mulch with compost in fall.

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Short Description As late as 1869 seedsman Peter Henderson maintained that there were no separate varieties of asparagus and that differences were based on soil conditions. He later changed his mind. The Mary and Martha Washington varieties were developed around 1900 for greater disease resistance. From the 1930 DM Ferry seed catalog: "A vigorous growing and productive asparagus bred to resist the disease known as Asparagus Rust". Mary is a selection from Martha and is earlier and more robust. Stalks are slightly oval and of fine quality. 25 seeds.
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Seed Varieties Asparagus

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