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Asparagus Purple Passion

Purple Passion's brilliantly-purple stalks turn green when cooked and are known to be sweeter and tastier than other varieties. A truly rewarding crop!

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Plant Size: 36-48" tall (3-4 feet), 18-24" wide
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Asparagus Purple Passion, Asparagus, Asparagus
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Common Name Asparagus
Botanical Name Asparagus
Planting Depth Plant 5-6" deep
Days to Harvest Summer harvest
In the Kitchen Baking, Canning, Grilling, Pickling, Steaming, Stir Fry
Mature Height 36-48" tall (3-4 feet)
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Ships As Bare Root
Ships to Canada No
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WHEN TO PLANT: Plant in spring after your soil has warmed up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit; usually 4-6 weeks prior to your last frost date. Properly planted asparagus that is well tended can last 10 to 12 years.

WHERE TO PLANT: Asparagus requires well draining soil with a pH of 7 to 7.2. A soil test is recommended to show any fertilizer needs. Plant in full sun to part shade. Jersey Knight also performs well in heavy clay-like soils. Once established asparagus tolerates drought, and grows best in USDA zones 3 to 8.

HOW TO PLANT: Dig a trench 5-6" deep and spread out the roots in the bottom; 12-14" apart covering with 2" of soil. The roots will grow no matter how they are placed in the trench. Over a period of several weeks continue to add soil as the plants begin to grow until the trench is full. Water well after planting and during dry periods.

TIME TO HARVEST: Do not harvest the first year and only a light harvest may be taken the second season. By the third season; harvest spears with tight tips by snapping the 7 to 9" stalks off at the ground. Limit harvest to a period of 6 to 8 weeks in late spring to early summer or until spears are pencil thin.

USAGE: Wonderful fresh in salads, or a a cooked vegetable. Freezes well for use throughout the winter.

HELPFUL TIPS: Great plant for edible landscaping producing tall fern like fronds after harvest period until frost.

AFTER CARE: Keep plants well cultivated and mulched to prevent weeds. Regular applications of compost or well-rotted manure provide a steady source of nutrients. Do not cut down ferns at the end of the growing season as they protect the crowns in winter. Remove old ferns in spring prior to new shoots emerging. Divide plants in early spring if desired.

PLANTING TIPS: Asparagus is a long-lived perennial vegetable crop that is enjoyed by many gardeners. It can be productive for 15 or more years if given proper care. Plant in furrow (5-6" deep), 12 to 16" apart.

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New to asparus. Will order more.


from Princeton, IL

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Comments about American Meadows Asparagus Purple Passion:

I'm a flower gardener. We love asparagus so we thought that we would give it a try. I have no dedicated vegetable garden, so I needed to carve a niche for these. It's fairly high maintenance for this first year. I thought they were all a bust and then got 10 of 12 to grow. Check back with me next year.

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Plants were too dried out


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        The bare roots were so dried out, some seemed moldy. We planted according to directions only a few out of 24 grew.

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        from Texas

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        Grows easitly. Great product.

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        These are determined vegetables!


        from Belmont, CA

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            Comments about American Meadows Asparagus Purple Passion:

            I purchased 20 crowns (these are 1 year old) in March 2013, and got them in the ground by mid-April. Despite all warnings to properly prepare my planting area with a lot of compost, we dug each one in individually with a sprinkling of master start and a little potting soil in a rocky clay soil on the North side of a 5ft fence. They get California sun from the mid-morning to the early afternoon, so bad planning on my part. Despite all this, I had 17 out of my 20 crowns shoot up and grow into some nice 3-4 foot ferns that I tied to stakes. Some shoots came in pencil size, and some came in much thinner. I'd feed them some worm tea every once in awhile, but they were mostly neglected and watered when I watered the lawn.

            Fast forward a year. March 2014 and my first asparagus shoots starting popping out. They got fatter! Some of the stronger growers are already as thick as my forefinger, but we still have a couple of really spindly ones that are half the diameter of a pencil. After breaking off one fat stalk and tasting it raw, it was completely tender, no woodiness and very sweet. I resolved to let the remaining stalks grow unharvested, and in one month one-third have shot up to about 5 and a half feet and I'm counting at least 17 stalks out there.

            These were really easy to take care of, and I'm hoping that some of my spindly ferns turn out to be female and self-seed next year. If you're looking for consistent sized asparagus, these are not the ones for you, but based upon my tender mouthful, these were the right choice for us!

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            Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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            Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

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