Asparagus

Asparagus

An Aussie favourite, the Asparagus is a long lived, perennial vegetable crop that requires some patience for the first couple of years but will soon keep well you satisfied once it is properly established. The male asparagus tend to produce better quality spears as females do not crop so well and tend to bare little red berries in the autumn months. The berries from the female plants can be collected for seeds, otherwise the females should be discarded.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Asparagus is quite hardy and will grow in various climates. It is best suited to temperate and cold climates, but will still grow in subtropical climates.

    Asparagus requires a long growing season in a position that receives plenty of sunshine.

    Asparagus enjoy deep, friable, rich soil that has good drainage. In heavy clay soils, organic matter will need to be mixed so the bed is well drained.

    Choose a place that is sheltered from the wind.

    Asparagus is very drought tolerant and can usually grow quite well even without supplemental watering because it seeks moisture deep in the soil.

    Asparagus will grow well in soils that are considered to saline for normal weeds to grow. Use small amounts of salt to suppress any weeds.

    Young plants or crowns should be planted during winter. If you are raising the plants from seed either sow in spring in pots, and plant out in autumn to winter.

    It is best practice to remove the berries from female plants before they fall to the ground, as these will germinate and choke the bed.

    Space the plants 45cm apart, with 1m between rows.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Planting

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ¾ cup (150g)/m²

    Commercial Use: Up to 2kg/10m row

    Comments: Sow seeds in pots with fresh potting compost and manure at a depth of about 2.5cm.

     

    Stage: Side Dress

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: ½ cup (100g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 1 - 1.5kg/10m row

    Comments: Spread the fertilizer on either side of the asparagus and cultivate lightly into the soil.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.