Asparagus, or garden asparagus, scientific name Asparagus officinalis, is a spring vegetable, a flowering perennial plant species in the genus Asparagus.
It was once classified in the lily family, like the related Allium species, onions and garlic, but the Liliaceae have been split and the onion-like plants are now in the family Amaryllidaceae and asparagus in the Asparagaceae. Asparagus officinalis is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, and is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop.
Common name: Asparagus meyeri, Foxtail Ferns, Cat s Tail, Bunny Tails, Cwebe and ‘Meyersii, Tail Asparagus, Shatavari
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Height: Up to 3.00 feet
Difficulty level: Easy to grow
Planting and care
Asparagus is planted in the spring season. It is propagated by root suckers or seeds. The soil is prepared well digging up to 15 cm depth. The field is divided into conveniently sized plots and laid out into ridges at 60 cm apart. Well-developed root suckers are planted on the ridges.
Sunlight: Partial shade
Soil: Well drained soil
Temperature: 20-30 degree
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Asparagus Meyeri
- Asparagus needs regular watering, especially while young.
- Asparagus is a heavy feeder and fertilizer should be applied in mid-spring when they are actively growing.
- The plants will need to be cut in spring each year before new growth starts.