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Asparagus, ‘Purple Passion’

‘Purple Passion’ Asparagus has productive yields and is highly resistant to rust. This open-pollinated variety tolerates most climates and is generally larger than its green counterpart. These beautiful purple spears are often eaten raw due to having a 20% higher sugar content. ‘Purple Passion’ also adds gorgeous color to salads and other dishes when left raw but turns green when cooked. Asparagus should be planted in the spring in a sunny location.

  • Non-GMO
  • Productive yields
  • Higher sugar content
  • Adaptable

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Plant Details +

Botanical Asparagus officinalis
Common Name Asparagus 'Purple Passion'
Height 6-18"
Spacing 12-24"
Hardiness Zones 3-10
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.