ASPARAGUS CROWNS. Planting Guelph Millennium asparagus crowns is the speedier option to planting from seed, but you should still not expect a harvest from the first year. Each crown is composed of a central group of stems surrounded by dangling, finger-like roots. Guelph Millennium is a delicious, all-male variety developed at the University of Guelph. Expect high yields of purple-tipped green spears from a late season crop that may extend into June. Guelph Millennium received an RHS Award of Garden Merit, and is probably the cold-hardiest asparagus of all, so it does well in cool climates. Plant asparagus crowns in rich soil, covered by 5-8cm (2-3") of soil. Plant them four weeks before your last average frost date. This variety will grow 150cm (59") tall, with a spread of 45cm (18"), so space them with room to grow out from the centre. Leave the plants to develop and grow strong during the first year, and harvest from year two on. These are two year crowns.
(Ships in early spring — all orders will be held until product is available and shipped in February and March, order early to avoid item SOLD OUT. If the crowns arrive before you can plant them in your region, plant them in soil in containers and keep cold until transplant time.)
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Planting asparagus seeds is an exercise in patience, but one of the most rewarding of all garden tasks. Asparagus seeds germinate slowly, and the crowns take three seasons before they can handle being harvested. However the grower’s patience is generously rewarded by early season harvests of asparagus with a flavour not to be found on store shelves anywhere. You will wish you had planted a bigger asparagus bed!