Mary Washington Asparagus
Mary Washington Asparagus
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Manjestic Mary Washington Asparagus

  • Heavier Yield
  • Tender, Buttery Flavor
  • Ornamental and Attractive
  • Low-Maintenance
  • Sow Seeds to Increase Production
  • Heirloom Variety with Great Reputation

Growing asparagus is a joy for gardeners of all ages and skill levels, and with Mary Washington Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis 'Mary Washington'), this joy becomes a true treat.

Mary Washington Asparagus is a matriarch of the asparagus world. With this heirloom asparagus, you will enjoy both gardening success and delicious dishes year after year. If you're looking for delectable spears with a heavier yield, cast your vote for this American classic.

Mary Washington Asparagus is a semi-hardy perennial garden favorite, beloved for its buttery and robust flavor and beautiful fern-like foliage. This tasty variety produces enough asparagus crowns to keep your family dining on nutritious greens from spring into early summer.

Compared to other varieties, Mary Washington grows with thick stalks that bunch closely together for a better harvest. They also maintain a straight and attractive shape, making for a delightfully attractive plating preparation.

These sturdy stalks keep their body when steamed for that fresh-picked snap when you bite into them.

This renowned cultivar is ideal for small home gardens because they produce prolifically without taking up excessive gardening space. This perennial vegetable will return fuller and healthier year after year, often producing tasty asparagus for up to thirty years.

If you sow your Mary Washington Asparagus seeds, you can quickly fill in your asparagus bed and produce enough asparagus to share with any friends or family with a penchant for healthy and tasty veggies.

Do you pick up a pack of asparagus every time you find it on sale? Or is it your go-to side for an elegant date night in? Skip the grocery check out and price tag of store-bought asparagus by growing your own.

When you harvest your own asparagus, you'll be gifting yourself the opportunity to try out some new preparations without breaking the bank. Of course, these naturally buttery spears are great steamed with a dash of salt, but we recommend you try your Mary Washington Asparagus in a cheesy omelet.

They also add a rich verdant flavor when blanched, julienned, and added to a salad. Or try adding Mary Washington Asparagus to your favorite pasta dish.

Mary Washington Asparagus spears often reach impressive heights for harvest and elegant lengths when allowed to go to seed. In fact, the fernlike beauty of these lovely asparagus tubers is reason alone to add some to your garden.

After harvest season comes to an end, your asparagus will reach waist-height and fan out in fine, bright green foliage. These feathery, wispy beauts sway and shimmy gracefully in the breeze. Most charming of all, the Mary Washington fine arching and intricate branches glow in the sunshine, creating a riveting spritely scene.

While this garden veggie doesn't produce the showiest flowers, many flower aficionados use its foliage in flower arrangements. These fine and slender branches add texture, liveliness, and movement to bouquets and flower displays.

How to Use Mary Washington Asparagus in the Landscape

Mary Washington Asparagus is low-maintenance and easy to grow, which makes it a wonderful choice for a wide variety of garden uses. Its attractive appearance and heavier yield make it ornamental and practical for the veggies garden or flower garden.

Many people adore their Mary Washington Asparagus from afar as a fun hedge in open sunny areas. It also distracts or masks unsightly areas or adds charm to the garden shed, garage, or fenceline.

Use your Mary Washington Asparagus as a tall and whimsical perennial back border or foundation planting. Its bright green sets off deeper forest greens, violets, and reds.

While its culinary value is unbeatable, this asparagus variety is one of the best choices to offset your favorite garden statues and fairy gardens.

As a productive and reliable perennial, you can naturalize a section of your yard as a perennial asparagus garden bed for fresh stalks without fuss.

Of course, Mary Washington Asparagus is right at home in the home vegetable garden, so plant it near another favorite perennial like your rhubarb.

#ProPlantTips for Care

If you're new to growing asparagus, prepare to be delighted. This unique tuber produces abundant edible stalks on each root system. You will want to plant your rhizomes with the crown of buds facing upward and the roots reaching downward.

Mary Washington Asparagus thrives in full sun and well drained soil. They often prefer a deeper planting of about 6-10 inches. Give them space to spread (about two feet). Water them well when first transplanted.

For better longevity, allow them to establish for a year or two before harvesting.

Once your Asparagus roots have established sometime after the first full year, when your asparagus spears emerge, wait for them to reach about a foot in height before cutting these shoots just below the soil surface. Each crown will continue to produce more spears from spring into early summer, so check back often.

Stop cutting the spears by late June or by July 1st to let them grow, this will give the foliage the opportunity to revitalize the root system for next year's harvest. Cut your asparagus to the ground in late fall after the foliage has browned.

Mary Washington Asparagus is an old, reliable variety that will give you years of fresh and tender asparagus. Treat yourself to one of the best varieties of tasty green asparagus you can find.

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Size Volume
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Mary Washington Asparagus Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Aspargus officinalis 'Mary Washington'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
When To Prune Late Autumn
Fragrant No