Available for 2018
This variety of asparagus produces spears at a younger age than many varieties. It is an all-male selection, meaning most of the stalks are thicker (though some female stalks may still develop).
Pick the stalks until early summer, then let the foliage develop so the plants can produce spears next spring. Plants will grow 3-4′ tall with lacy delicate foliage that turns yellow in the fall.
‘Jersey Knight’ is resistant to rust, root and crown rot, and fusarium diseases.
Asparagus beetles and Japanese beetles can be a problem, but not generally in Missouri. Contact Longfellow’s if needing advice on insect control.
- Larger spears
- All-male selection
- Bears second year
Planting of Asparagus – Since asparagus is a long-lived perennial plant, correct planting will produce tasty spears for many years. Place a layer of manure about 12″ deep, covered with topsoil. Fan out roots and place crowns so they are 6″ lower than soil level. Cover roots lightly with topsoil. As tips grow, gradually place soil back in around the shoots until reaching the original soil level, always keeping the tips out of the soil.
In early summer, after all harvesting is done, mulch with manure or compost to reduce weeds. In the fall, cut back asparagus shoots and re-mulch if necessary.