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How to Grow Asparagus From Seed

How to Grow Asparagus From Seed

Jeena Lugo Jeena Lugo
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Asparagus is a delicious and nutritious vegetable easy to grow at home. It can be produced from seeds or crowns, but growing asparagus from seeds is an affordable and rewarding option. This blog post will discuss how to grow asparagus from seed, including planting, caring for, and harvesting your asparagus crop.

Selecting the right asparagus seeds

The first step in growing asparagus from seeds is to select suitable sources. You can find asparagus seeds at most garden centers or online seed suppliers. It is essential to choose a variety that is well-suited to your climate and growing conditions. Some popular asparagus varieties include Mary Washington, Jersey Knight, and Purple Passion. Read the seed packet or product description carefully to ensure the seeds you choose to suit your growing area.

Preparing the soil

Asparagus grows best in well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. It is essential to prepare the ground properly before planting the seeds. Start by removing weeds or debris from where you plan to grow your asparagus. Asparagus seeds will need a lot of space to grow, so preparing a bed at least 4 feet wide and 12 inches deep is essential. Add a layer of compost or well-rotted manure to the soil to improve the soil's fertility.

Planting the seeds

Asparagus seeds should be planted in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours before planting to help soften the seed's outer layer. Sow the seeds about 1 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart. Cover the bases with soil and water them thoroughly. Asparagus seeds can germinate for up to 4 weeks, so be patient and keep the soil moist during this time.

Caring for the plants

Asparagus plants require regular care to ensure they grow healthy and strong. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and add a layer of mulch to help retain moisture in the ground. Asparagus plants also require regular fertilization, so apply a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. It is also essential to keep the area around the plants weed-free, as weeds can compete with asparagus plants for nutrients and water.

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Harvesting the asparagus

Asparagus plants typically produce their first spears two to three years after planting. Once the spears reach a height of 6-8 inches, they are ready to be harvested. Cut the spears at ground level with a sharp knife or pair of scissors, not damaging any emerging spears. Asparagus spears should be harvested every two to three days, as they can proliferate and become tough if left on the plant for too long.

In conclusion, growing asparagus from seeds is a fun and rewarding gardening activity that can provide you with delicious and healthy vegetables for years to come. By selecting suitable sources, preparing the soil, planting the seeds, caring for the plants, and harvesting your asparagus crop properly, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of fresh asparagus in your backyard. Remember to be patient and give your asparagus plants the care and attention they need to thrive, and you will be rewarded with a healthy and delicious crop.


Asparagus is a fun plant to grow in your garden or bed. It comes back each spring since it is a perennial vegetable. Learning how to grow asparagus from seed isn't hard, and we hope you feel equipped to try it today!

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