Asparagus Seed & Crowns

Pacific Purple Asparagus Crowns

Pacific Purple Asparagus Crowns

XA108

Dark purple spears so tender they can be enjoyed raw! Pacific Purple's quality and yields outperform most green varieties, with wider, stringless spears that are higher in sugars and anthocyanins. Mound up the soil around the plants to harvest the sweetest white asparagus. The almost iridescent purple color fades when cooked, so we recommend light steaming or raw use to retain its coloration.

Asparagus crowns are shipped directly from our grower beginning in mid-March depending upon your location. Please order before March 15th for best availability.

PLEASE READ: Available only within the contiguous US.

   Hybrid Variety
25 - 1 year old crowns
  • XA108/C
  • 25 crowns
  • $39.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
65-80°F10-251/4"40-45°F10-15"3-6'75%3 yearsN/AHigh


Asparagus officinalis: This Mediterranean native is one of the first vegetables harvested in the spring. Asparagus is among the foods identified as having the highest levels of Glutathion (GSH), a potent anticarcinogen/antioxidant, that defends against cancer. Asparagus is easy to start from seed, but you'll get an earlier harvest from our 1 year old crowns.

Culture
• Asparagus is a hardy perennial
• The key to good production is well-prepared, deeply dug beds with lots of organic matter
• Fertilize beds early in the spring and after harvest with 1-2 cups of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet
• Keep beds moist

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

Transplanting
• Start transplants 60-90 days before your last frost
• Transplant seedlings after the danger of frost

Asparagus Root Crowns
• Plant your 1 year old crowns shortly after you receive them
• Crowns can be transplanted 4-6 weeks before last frost
• Dig a 4-6 inch trench; create a hill in the center
• Drape roots over the hill; cover roots with soil
• Fill in trench as asparagus grows
• Complete instructions are included with your order

Insects & Diseases
Common pests: Asparagus beetles and slugs
Pest control: Pyrethrin, slug traps or bait
Common diseases: Rust, Fusarium wilt, Fusarium stem and crown rot
Disease prevention: Maintaining good plant vigor

Harvest & Storage
• A moderate 2-3 week harvest can be expected from crowns in 2-3 years
• Harvest spears when they're 6-10 inches tall, cutting them off about 1 inch below soil surface
• Store at 36°F and 100% relative humidity
• To maintain perennial bed, leave smaller spears to mature into ferns which will regenerate the plant
• With each successive year, your plant productivity and harvest window will increase
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Tastes Like Candy
Aug 17, 2017  |  By Cindy
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We eat this asparagus raw straight from the garden. My child always wants more and says it "tastes like candy." This is the best asparagus we've grown.
Super Sweet Asparagus
Aug 17, 2017  |  By Cindy
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I've been growing Pacific Purple Asparagus for four years now. We eat it raw straight from the garden. My child says that it tastes like candy and is always asking for more.
Green is better
May 24, 2017  |  By KB
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Pacific Purple is vigorous and beautiful, but taste is bland compared to green varieties. Stick with green unless you have tasted this and like it. Spear thickness is very irregular even if planted as recommended.