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Asparagus 'Martha Washington'

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Martha Washington is a variety of Asparagus which is a member of the Asparagus family. Its botanical name is Asparagus officinalis 'Martha Washington'. Martha Washington is a heirloom variety.

Martha Washington is supposed to be resistant to asparagus rust.

A type of Vegetable, it mainly grows as a Perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+). Martha Washington normally reaches to a mature height of 9.75 inches (25.0 cm).

Martha Washington Asparagus tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for this plant is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

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How to grow Martha Washington

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Do not harvest the first year after planting — wait until the second year. Keep clear of weeds and do not disturb roots. May be “hilled up” with compost or mulch in spring to blanch the spears. Most common pest is the asparagus beetle, which may be discouraged if tomatoes are planted nearby.

Martha Washington is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

Growing Martha Washington from seed

“Martha Washington” is usually planted as year-old crowns.

For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 21°C / 70°F.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Martha Washington about 90 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Martha Washington

Asparagus is a perennial that should be placed in a section of the garden that is not tilled annually. To plant crowns, dig a trench a foot deep and ten inches wide. Dig in a few inches of good compost or well-rotted manure. Make sure the area is free of weeds and tree roots. Make a ridge of soil and compost in the bottom of the trench. Arrange the crown with roots on both sides of the ridge. Cover with soil but do not fill the trench. Gradually fill the trench with compost and organic matter over the summer.

Martha Washington is hardy, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Harvesting Martha Washington

This variety tends to mature and be ready for harvest in mid spring.


1. ‘Asparagus’, in The Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening (Emmaus, PA: Rodale Press, 1978).

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