Articles About Asparagus Growing
Asparagus Varieties. Asparagus plants are either male or female. The females bear seeds, and sprout new seedlings which takes considerable energy from the plant and causes overcrowding in the bed. Male plants obviously do not. They put no energy into seeds and produce larger spears because of this. Male plants do not produce volunteer seedlings, which compete against the established plants and contribute to reduced yields. All-male hybrids are also more disease resistant than older varieties.
Jersey Knight Asparagus - Jersey knight is a predominantly male variety of Asparagus. Male varieties are preferred by many gardeners, males are far more productive in producing abundant spears.
Mary Washington Asparagus is an heirloom asparagus variety introduced by the US Department of Agriculture in 1949, it has remained a consistent favorite of gardeners and farmers ever since.
Purple Asparagus - Green and white asparagus are the same plants grown differently, white asparagus is denied sunlight while developing, which prevents photosynthesis and hence leads to the albino appearance as well as a differing taste. The difference between purple asparagus and standard varieties however is more than skin deep.
White Asparagus - White or Albino asparagus is not a separate cultivar from normal green asparagus, it is the same plant grown differently - the trick is to deny the plant access to as much light as possible, thereby blocking its ability to produce chlorophyll - the compound which gives plants their green color. Producing white asparagus is more labor intensive.