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Asparagus Continuity Collection

Asparagus officinalis

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

Three reliable varieties for the whole asparagus season

Delicious fresh spears from April through to June

All-male varieties so no energy wasted on seed production

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Our Asparagus Continuity Collection includes three varieties of asparagus which cover the whole asparagus cropping season. Asparagus is a low maintenance but high value crop which continues producing for years.  With this collection you can enjoy delicious fresh asparagus spears all the way from April through to June.

Asparagus Continuity Collection comprises 30 Crowns, 10 each of the following varieties: (Supplied as one year old crowns)

  • Asparagus ‘Gijnlim’ - This reliable variety produces succulent green spears with dark purple tips, from early in the season. Asparagus ‘Gijnlim’ is an ‘all male’ variety. With no need for seed production, it puts all its energy into producing top quality spears; so, you can expect heavier yields than most varieties. The tender spears are delicious when lightly steamed as a side dish or added to salads. Height: 150cm (59"). Spread: 45cm (18"). 
  • Asparagus ‘Backlim’ - Asparagus ‘Backlim’ is a vigorous, all-male, mid-late cropping variety which is extremely popular with commercial growers. It produces fine, straight spears with a firm tip which are excellent for producing white spears as well as green. It bears compact foliage and has high resistance to hollowness, pink discoloration, and rust. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 60cm (24").
  • Asparagus ‘Guelph Millenium’ – this late cropping variety comes from Canadian breeding making it particularly cold tolerant and well suited to UK weather conditions. Producing high yields of purple-tipped, green spears, Asparagus 'Guelph Millennium' is reliable in most soils. Height: 150cm (59"). Spread: 45cm (18"). 

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30 Crowns (10 each of Gijnlim, Backlim, Guelph Millenium) (KC2298)

Prepare permanent asparagus beds well in advance of receiving your order so that the crowns can be planted without delay. Choose a sheltered position in full sun. Asparagus beds should be richly fertile and well drained. Remove all weeds, and incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the soil to improve soil structure and fertility. On cold, wet soils the addition of sharp sand or grit will help to improve drainage.

Dig long trenches, 20cm (10") deep by 30cm (12") wide, and fill the bottom of the trench with 7cm (3") of well rotted manure or garden compost. Mound up soil on top of the manure to form a ridge along the length of the trench and place the asparagus crowns on top of ridge with their roots draped over the edge of the ridge at a distance of 45cm (18") apart. Cover the crowns with 7cm (3") of soil and firm them into their positions.

Weed asparagus beds by hand as the shallow roots may be damaged by hoeing. Water asparagus beds regularly during hot periods, to prevent them from drying out. In autumn cut back the yellowing foliage and mulch the crowns with well rotted manure to protect them from frost. Feed with a general fertiliser each March.

When growing asparagus, resist the temptation to harvest the spears during their first season, but instead allow the plants to develop foliage. A limited crop of spears may be harvested in the second year during April and May when they reach 15cm (6") tall. By the third year, the crop can be fully harvested. It is recommended to stop cutting from the end of May to allow the shoots to develop into foliage. Later harvests can be made but risk weakening the plant.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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