Grow Your Own Magazine

Navbar button growfruitandveg.co.uk Logo
Forum Navigation

+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    SunnyD is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Wolverhampton-ish!
    Posts
    36

    Default Asparagus variety recommendations?

    I bought an random asparagus crown from Wilkinsons this year as an experiment , planted it and it's happily survived and is busy being a fern at the moment.

    But now I want more, and I'm impatient So I've been looking at www.victoriananursery.co.uk where they have the plants themselves for sale - but they have two varieties and I don't know which to chose

    So I'm hoping to tap into your collective wealth of experience and ask which variety you'd recommend: 'Jersey Knight' or 'Mary Washington'?

    Or do you prefer another variety that I can hunt for?


  2. #2
    scallops is offline Germinator
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    weymouth
    Posts
    4

    Default

    I'd recommend crowns from here http://www.asparagus-in-kent.co.uk/ ,I planted 15 on the 1st of April and now some of the crowns have 5 spears/ferns.The crowns were about 2 foot across and customer service fantastic.I have other crowns which have been growing for three years bought from garden centres and they are no where near as good.
    Last edited by scallops; 28-06-2007 at 10:29 AM.

  3. #3
    Paulottie is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Petworth. West Sussex
    Posts
    2,715

    Default

    I couldn't really say as I grow the Dutch varieties ( Gijnlym.Grolym Backlim) All pretty good. Maybe the latter is a little later and less prolific but is slightly more tender.

    Washington is an American old fav. and Jersey Knight an improved hybrid with quite big purple spears I think. I'd probably chose the Knights

    The old British stalwart Connover's Colossal is still a good value choice...a couple of old neglected plants gave me some lovely spears this year.

    Really the most important thought is preparation. Direct your impatient energies into giving them the best possible home.... so when they are delivered in April they go in ASAP.... It is best not to buy them off the shelf (in packets) and It is also going to be cheaper to buy more ,rather than piece meal. I have never brought them in pots in the fern but I am trying with some I've raised from seed at the moment. I can't see why it won't work but my Intention is to pot them on and plant them early next year when I've got the bed completely weed free.

    I have a good supplier but I can't lay my hands on the catalogue I have heard good reports from grapes that have used the GYO advertised lot in Kent-as mentioned by Scallops.

    Not a very definitive answer but I hope it helps. Good luck Its a good thing to be keen on!

  4. #4
    scallops is offline Germinator
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    weymouth
    Posts
    4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by scallops View Post
    I'd recommend crowns from here http://www.asparagus-in-kent.co.uk/ ,I planted 15 on the 1st of April and now some of the crowns have 5 spears/ferns.The crowns were about 2 foot across and customer service fantastic.I have other crowns which have been growing for three years bought from garden centres and they are no where near as good.
    Forgot to say that the variety is Gijnlim.

  5. #5
    SunnyD is offline Seedling
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Wolverhampton-ish!
    Posts
    36

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by scallops View Post
    I'd recommend crowns from here http://www.asparagus-in-kent.co.uk/
    But I like the idea of cheating and getting existing plants, rather than losing a potential growth year - which would happen if I waited until I can start more crowns off

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulottie View Post
    I couldn't really say as I grow the Dutch varieties ( Gijnlym.Grolym Backlim) All pretty good. Maybe the latter is a little later and less prolific but is slightly more tender.

    Washington is an American old fav. and Jersey Knight an improved hybrid with quite big purple spears I think. I'd probably chose the Knights

    The old British stalwart Connover's Colossal is still a good value choice...a couple of old neglected plants gave me some lovely spears this year.
    ....
    I have a good supplier but I can't lay my hands on the catalogue I have heard good reports from grapes that have used the GYO advertised lot in Kent-as mentioned by Scallops.

    Not a very definitive answer but I hope it helps. Good luck Its a good thing to be keen on!
    Thank you!

  6. #6
    Paulottie is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Petworth. West Sussex
    Posts
    2,715

    Default

    Hi,SunnyD. I found the catalogue from http://www.highfield nurseries.co.uk

    They are 1.10 each (50+ @89p)
    They had a good selection of fruit trees too.

    I think you will still have to wait till the 3rd or 4th season for cutting tho so no real saving in time. I think with a few of the hybrid's you can take a few spears when they are 3. (ie your second season with one yo crowns).

Similar Threads

  1. Asparagus, which variety and how many crowns?
    By Lazgaot in forum Vegging Out
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 09-02-2011, 02:04 PM
  2. Recommendations
    By Maffie in forum New Shoots
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 18-01-2009, 09:42 PM
  3. New Potatoes - Variety Recommendations
    By hcraft in forum Vegging Out
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-01-2009, 03:21 PM
  4. Asparagus Crown Recommendations
    By emilymup in forum Vegging Out
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-01-2009, 10:44 PM
  5. Favourite Asparagus Variety?
    By Carrie G in forum Allotment Advice
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-11-2008, 11:02 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts