Apollo, (F1) Asparagus Seeds

Asparagus

Apollo, (F1) Asparagus Seeds

Asparagus

Apollo is an early maturing asparagus with great yields! Apollo F1 asparagus produces medium to large diameter spears with slight purple at tip and butt of spear. Spears have a cylindrical shape with slight tapering and overall smooth appearance. Well received in the fresh, processing and freezing industries. Attractive dark green spears with very tight heads under cool to warm growing conditions. High tolerance to fusarium and rust.
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Product Details

Botanical Name

Asparagus officinalis

Seed Type

Seed

Additional Characteristics

Market Production

Seeds Per Gram

34

Seeds Per Pound

15200

Row Spacing

30"

Packet

25 seeds

Sow Depth

1/2"

Disease Resistance

Rust,Fusarium Rot,Crown Rot

Seeds Per Ounce

950

Fruit Color

Green

Breed

F1 Hybrid

Sun

Full

Cubic Inches

1.4625

Life Cycle

Perennial

Sow Method

Transplant

Plant Spacing

18"

Categories

Asparagus

Zones

4,5,6,7,8,9

Germination

11,22,12,23,13,24,14,25,15,26,16,27,17,28,18,29,19,30,20,10,21

Days To Maturity (# Days)

730

Weight

0.006

Depth

0.1

Height

4.5

Width

3.25

Components

Growing Instructions

Learning Download: How to Grow Asparagus Seeds

Asparagus is one of the few perennial vegetable crops. The shoots are picked as young spears in the spring. Later in the season the foliage matures into an airy, fern-like cloud which changes to a golden color in the fall. Because asparagus takes up a permanent place in the garden, but can be an attractive plant, many people with space imitations use asparagus as a border or hedge plant.

Before Planting: Plants can be started from seed about 4 weeks before the last expected frost. More commonly they are grown from crowns, which are the one year old base and roots of the plants. These are planted in a trench with the roots spread out over mounded soil. The trench is gradually filled in as the plants grow.

Planting: Dig a trench 8 inches deep and wide enough to accommodate the outspread roots (about 10 inches), then space the asparagus 18 inches apart. Leave four feet between rows. Cover the roots with two inches of soil, and continue to fill in the trench as shoots grow. Be sure never to bury the green shoots completely. The trench can usually be filled by the end of the first growing season, but if not, simply continue to work on it the second year.

Watering: Water regularly, especially while young.

Fertilizer: Top dress annually with compost or mulch. Keep the patch free of competing weeds.

Days to Maturity: It takes about three years for plants to mature enough for harvesting. Prior to that plants should be allowed to grow and feed themselves.

Harvesting: In the third year, begin harvesting spears that are finger-sized and about 8″ long. You can either snap off the spears are cut them with a knife. Harvest for about 4 weeks the first year. In subsequent years you can harvest until the weather warms and the spears look spindly. Then allow the foliage to grow and feed the plants.

Tips: Asparagus is a spring crop, preferring cooler temperatures and full sun.

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