Heirlooms forum: heirloom asparagus???

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(Zone 6a)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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UrbanWild
Oct 20, 2016 7:03 PM CST
Anyone have experience with any heirloom asparagus varieties?
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Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Jan 2, 2017 4:00 AM CST
Asparagus seed is routinely collected by birds who eat the pulp and groom or excrete the seed.

It is easy to forage seed. It stays on the plant well into winter. Or dig crowns early in the spring from along fence rows (where birds poop em out)

Mary Washington has been on offer as seed or crowns for all of my adult life. There are also purple cultivars on offer.

If you are absolutely determined to wring every possible spear from your patch look at one of the super-male offerings.

I always start mine from seed. The cost-benefit for this homesteader makes crowns out of my price point.
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UrbanWild
Jan 4, 2017 6:47 PM CST
How are they pollinated? Open? If so, I would guess they would not germinate true to variety.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 13, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Connover's Collossal is an old variety, which grows thicker shoots.
I am going to try starting it in 2017, so don't have any experience with it.
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Jan 15, 2017 1:41 PM CST
Asparagus seed is an excelent candidate for winter sowing.
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CarolineScott
Jan 15, 2017 8:33 PM CST
Might try a winter sow.
Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
Old, fat, and gardening in OH
Coppice
Jan 24, 2017 6:48 AM CST
UrbanWild said:How are they pollinated? Open? If so, I would guess they would not germinate true to variety.


If you have a home garden. There is little dividend in perseverating about trueness-to-type.

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LaurensPasser
May 31, 2017 1:01 PM CST
I have tried planting them in the summer and also in the winter. I have to say the winter is way better. So that would be my advice.

volcanicclay
Aug 12, 2017 8:06 PM CST
Are there any "heirloom" cultivars that favor thinner spears?

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