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Asparagus, ‘Jersey Giant’

‘Jersey Giant’ asparagus is an all-male hybrid that is highly productive and vigorous.  This patented variety (NJ56 x JN22-8) is winter-hardy and widely adapted to temperate and cool climates.  ‘Jersey Giant’ has high disease tolerance and grows well throughout the U.S.  It prefers well-worked organic soils and produces medium to large, attractive green spears with purple bracts.  It is popular among home gardeners and commercial growers alike.  This nutrient-packed veggie is a good source of potassium and is high in folic acid, to name a few.  Add your delicious home-grown spears to salad or pizza, or eat them right off the grill!

Did you know:
• ‘Jersey Giant’ is an all-male hybrid that is highly productive.
• Asparagus originated in the eastern Mediterranean countries.
• Asparagus has been consumed for over 2000 years.
• This delicious veggie can be added to salad, pizza, or toss them on the grill!

Plant Details +

Botanical Asparagus officinalis
Height 6-18"
Spacing 12-24"
Hardiness Zones 2-9
Exposure Full sun
Harvest Spring

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Plant in early spring in a sunny location of sandy loam with good drainage. Plant after the ground warms to about 50º F. 1. Dig a trench 6" deep 2. Place the roots in the trench, spreading the roots so they remain flat. 3. Cover with 3" of dirt and once growth begins, fill in the additional 3" of soil. Do not harvest the first year and harvesting may continue until June 1 the second year. Every season, when cuttings are over, apply a fertilizer to supply nitrogen for good regrowth of the plants. Approximately 10 lbs. per 100 foot of row for fertilizer similar to 10-10-10 (500 lbs. per acre) is sufficient. WATER PLANTS WELL AFTER PLANTING. After harvest, asparagus must be completely dormant before mowing. Mow late winter or early spring.

Pests or Diseases: Asparagus beetles are commonly found in home plantings. If numerous, they may be controlled by a suggested insecticide or by handpicking. Asparagus rust can be a problem in the Midwest. Moisture left on the plant for 10 hours can help to spread the disease.