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Asparagus Connovers Colossal - 3 plants


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Asparagus Connovers Colossal - 3 plants
Description (Only sold in packs of 3 plants at £8.99 per pack)
Asparagus officinalis is a spring vegetable, and unusually also a flowering perennial plant. It was once classified in the lily family, like its Allium cousins, onions and garlic, but the Liliaceae have been split and the onion-like plants are now in the family Amaryllidaceae and Asparagus in the Asparagaceae. Asparagus officinalis is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia, and is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop. Asparagus ‘Connover's Colossal' is a tried and trusted heritage variety from the 1800s that has won acclaim for adaptability, reliability, yield and flavour - even now many commercial growers grow this variety almost exclusively.

Here we are offering a plant more for ornamental rather than culinary purposes, but it serves both purposes admirably. The beautiful, feathery foliage adds great contrast in mixed border planting and the foliage is a classic in floral arrangements for the home. It must be one of the most useful plants. Asparagus ‘Connover's Colossal' has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM).

 
Main Features
 
Type Perennial Hardiness Fully Hardy
Flower Colour Insignificant Size (H xW) 120cm
Flowering Season Summer Pot Size 9cm
Foliage Green Growth Rate Medium Growing
Foliage Type Deciduous Soil PH Neutral
Soil Type Rich but well drained AGM No
Position Full Sun Habit Clump Forming
 
 
Cultivation Notes
Plant the plants in a deep rich soil in full sun where possible. Raised beds are a sensible option if your soil is less than ideal. Do not harvest for the first two years. In the third year, pick from mid-April for six weeks. To harvest, choose spears that are thicker than a pencil. Cut with a sharp knife 2.5cm below the soil when they are no more than 18cm tall. In warm weather, harvest every two to three days for best quality spears. Always leave a few to grow on for ornamental merit. Allow the foliage to yellow in autumn before cutting it down to 2.5cm. Late frosts may cause distorted growth: mulch or protect with a double layer of fleece.
 
Uses
Pruning \ Aftercare : Clear away dead foliage in winter.