Purple asparagus is sweeter and milder to most palates than the traditional green varieties. It’s fun to incorporate some purple asparagus into the perennial vegetable garden. Plant the crowns in early spring, and do not harvest for the first year. Instead let the stalks and fern-like foliage grow so it can photosynthesize. Remember that asparagus beds are permanent, so they should should be deeply cultivated and enriched with lots of organic matter in the form of finished compost and/or well rotted manure. It's also a good idea to add some Glacial Rock Dust at planting time, just to incorporate some minerals. Purple asparagus turns green when cooked.
Seasonal item shipping: Items shipped at specific times of the year such as garlic, potatoes, onion sets, asparagus crowns, mason bee cocoons, nematodes and flower bulbs require special handling. They will be shipped separately as a new order with the applicable regional shipping charges applies. Whenever possible, we will combine you orders to minimize shipping charges.
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!