Saturday, 16 September 2017

Growing Asparagus From Seed

Growing Ornamental Asparagus  from seed

Seed - pre-soak for 12 – 48 hours in warm water.
Sow in pots of normal seed raising compost and barely cover.  Water once and seal in a polythene bag or place in a propagator.
Seed usually germinates in 3 - 6 weeks at 25°c, although if the soaking process has not worked this can be extended and pots may still produce seedlings in the second year.

Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in a sunny position in the greenhouse for their first winter.
The hardier varieties can be grown outside, in this case plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer.

Indoor varieties should be potted on as required.  They are gross feeders and will take any amount of balanced feed and reward you with lush growth.  Care should be taken if grown in valuable pots as the strong roots system may break or distort the pot.

They can easily be propagated further by division in early spring as the plant comes into growth.

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