Perennial, lives for decades. From seed, expect your first harvest in the third year. Full production fourth year. Start seed from January on; may keep in pots the first year while making a deep, rich, limey and well-drained permanent bed. Give compost or other rich mulch yearly. Scatter seed every few years to prolong vigor.
It will take at least three years to establish an asparagus bed, starting from scratch, and it will start to come into full production in the fourth and succeeding years. Site choice is very important since this is a permanent crop. Choose a sunny spot with deep, rich and extremely well-drained soil. If you already have an established bed, occasionally use seed to replenish your stock of plants.
Young tips are eaten boiled, steamed, sauteed, stir-fried, and pickeled. Lower part of the shoot can be used in soups. Blanched or white asparagus has a more delicate flavor (but fewer nutrients). Seeds are used as a coffee substitute.
C/Matures 4 yr/Harvest 8/Yield 9-38/Spacing 12”