Mondeo Asparagus 2 Yr Old Plants Crowns Bare Root - All-Male Variety - 25 Count
Mondeo Asparagus is an all-male hybrid that can be planted in the spring or fall. Delicious and versatile, this heavy producer grows to 59" and spreads 18". Mondeo asparagus has tight tips throughout the season and delivers excellent flavor when harvested.
Roots received before planting time may be packed in moist soil or sand and stored in a cool place until ready to plant. Plant roots as early in spring as soil can be worked. Choose a sunny location with rich, well-drained soil. When selecting a site, keep in mind that asparagus is a perennial vegetable; planting should not be disturbed.
Dig trenches 6-8" deep and 12-15" wide. Set roots in bottom of trench, spacing crowns (center) 12-18" apart in the row. Spread roots out as far as possible and cover with 3-4" of fine soil. Fill trenches in as shoots grow. Space rows 2.5’-4' apart.
Cultivate or mulch to control weeds. Fertilize at least once during growing season and water well during dry spells. In late fall cut tips down to ground level when they have turned brown. Do not cut spears heavily until the third year.
Harvest asparagus by snapping 7-9" spears with tight tips. There is no need to cut asparagus below the soil with a knife. This may injure other buds on the crown that will send up new spears. The small stub that is left in the soil after snapping dries up and disintegrates. A new spear does not come up at the same spot, but comes up from another bud that enlarges on another part of the crown.
Asparagus is very perishable and should be harvested in the morning when air temperatures are cool. After picking, immerse the spears in ice-cold water to remove the heat; then drain the water and place the spears in plastic bags. Store in the refrigerator at 30-40°F. Asparagus will keep for 1-2 weeks with little loss of quality.