Mary Washington Asparagus
'Mary Washington' asparagus.

Mary Washington Asparagus

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Mary Washington
Asparagus officinalis

After its release in 1919, 'Mary Washington' became the most popular standard asparagus variety grown. Although no longer used in commercial production, 'Mary Washington' is a parent of many of the modern hybrid varieties.

'Mary Washington' asparagus was bred by Dr. J. B. Norton of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was one of his releases in the "Washington line" of asparagus varieties. Other varieties included 'Martha Washington' and 'Waltham Washington' but it was this variety, 'Mary Washington' that offered more uniform size, as well as resistance to asparagus rust. Click Here for planting instructions. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 30 seeds.
First thing up in the garden
Always wonderful, every year my asparagus bed grows. I save the red berries and replant them. I do however pull almost all the female plants to cut down on unwanted volunteers the following year and replace them with males. It makes the most wonderful snack fresh from the garden as I plant the rest of the garden.
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Reviewed by:  from Pulaski VA. on 1/6/2016
A fine choice.
Perfect germination, indifferent to weather and pests. A fine choice.
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Reviewed by:  from NW PA. on 7/19/2013
Growing Nicely
These seeds were started indoors very early in the season and then moved outside to full sun. Half way through the season we had little rain and the plants dried all up but they all came back green and healthy once the weather improved. Can't wait to see how they look this year!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Valparaiso, IN. on 3/7/2014
Almost 100% germination. Plants are doing great.
Started these seeds two years ago and had almost 100% germination. Plants are doing great and my two year old son has enjoyed stealing the very young spears when I'm not looking and snacking away.
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Reviewed by:  from Kentucky . on 9/30/2015
This is well worth the wait
This is well worth the wait from seed. Although it takes more patience watching the different stages of this fern grow is wonderful. The second year I had a few thin but edible shoots. I wish I had not moved as there sure to be thick and delicious shoots of asparagus this year!
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Reviewed by:  from MO. on 2/6/2015
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