Asparagus 'UC157 F1' (Asparagus officinalis)
Bred in California for growing in hot climates ‘UC157’ is best both for commercial plantings and home gardeners. Or direct sow seeds 1cm deep and 2cm apart in a drill after the danger of frost is over. Transplant the following winter into permanent beds.
When to sow: Mid-spring to early summer
Where to sow: Sow one seed per 5cm pot
Depth to sow: 1cm
Aspect: Full sun or as sunny a spot as possible.
Soil: Prepared, well drained, fertilised soil. Add lime if soil is too acid. Spacing: 30cm between plants and 90cm between rows.
Directions: Plant resulting seedlings into a well prepared bed as asparagus can remain in the same spot for 30 years. Harvesting can begin in the second year from transplant. 10 plants will keep a kitchen supplied with spears from September until Christmas.