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Mary Washington Asparagus

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Rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Perk up floral arrangements with the plant’s graceful, feathery fern-like leaves. Harvest scrumptious homegrown spears from mature plants and enjoy fresh, grilled, and steamed. Disease-resistant to rust. Cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. Harvest in April or May. Self-pollinating. Package of 10.


Bloom Color Yellow
Fruit Color Green
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest April Or May
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.5 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Nutty
Texture Firm, Smooth
Years to Bear 3
Zone Range 3 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 3 - 4' tall x 12 - 24" wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 12 - 24" apart to ensure room for growth.


Pollination is not required for this variety.

This variety does not require pollination to produce a harvestable crop.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow asparagus plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
cold hardy and heat tolerant
Tonya M on Apr 6, 2020
Because I tried the Jersey Knight and Jersey Supreme and the bed has not lasted 8 years, I had Mary Washington for 20 years. Also the Jerseys were nowhere near all male plants in fact more than half had seeds.
Louis S on Apr 2, 2020
cold hardy and heat tolerant
Tonya M on Apr 6, 2020
enjoyed this type in a previous bed. rust resistant
Joyce S on Apr 6, 2020
Because I tried the Jersey Knight and Jersey Supreme and the bed has not lasted 8 years, I had Mary Washington for 20 years. Also the Jerseys were nowhere near all male plants in fact more than half had seeds.
Louis S on Apr 2, 2020
Standard variety, good price
Leigh W on Mar 31, 2020
curious to see how this does in the next to couple of years
Briana H on Mar 23, 2020
Reviews from others
Diane C on Mar 21, 2020
They can grow in my zone
Nancy R on Mar 19, 2020
Familiar with this variety. Compatible in my growing zone.
Sandra J on Jan 16, 2020
For taste and texture
Sandra S on Jan 1, 2020
My daughter loves spurgas so I am experimenting with a garden
Robert A L on Jul 1, 2019
Reviews and price
Vicky C on Apr 22, 2019
Tried and true classic. Loves the Sandhills of NC.
Carmen C on Mar 21, 2019
I wanted an Heirloom variety & all of the reviews were excellent . I???m all in.
Karen K on Mar 8, 2019
Good reviews.
Judith T on Jan 25, 2019
Chosen to match what's already planted, and to fill-in empty spots in the patch, thus increasing harvests, hopefully. Tired of waiting a whole week to get one serving's worth of asparagus.
Michael U on Jun 2, 2016
Fill in bare spots in my patch
Bruce M on May 18, 2016
Heirloom variety like the nice, fat, delicious asparagus on our farm when I was a child.
TIMOTHY P on Apr 10, 2016
I have always wanted to try growing asparagus. Hope this was a good starter choice plant.
Cathy Z on Mar 20, 2016
I prefer the slim tender stalks and if I read the description correctly I can harvest these when I am ready - rather than just when they are large...
Geneiveve H on Mar 9, 2016
enjoyed this type in a previous bed. rust resistant
Joyce S on Apr 6, 2020
Standard variety, good price
Leigh W on Mar 31, 2020
If I buy two varieties of asparagus, should I plant the two varieties together or separately?
Tommy R on Dec 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Planting two different varieties of asparagus together will help both varieties produce a bigger crop, but any self-pollinating variety will produce a crop without another variety nearby. So the answer is yes, you can plant them together, and you'll be glad you did. :-) In answer to Tommy's question, a pollinating partner is simply another variety of asparagus with a similar bloom time (all varieties bloom at essentially the same time). The same variety (i.e., two Mary Washington plants) will not pollinate one another; they have to be different varieties.
Bare root asparagus when will we expect first harvest if planted this year?
Josephine D on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You will get some the second year and then it will continue increase in production the following years. Asparagus can live 15-20 years and you can divide it several years after it has been established in your garden, just know that it's like starting over with new crowns.
How tall do the asparagus get?
REBECCA G H on Jul 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you do not harvest they will grow to at least seven feet the third year and
afterward. Do not harvest the first or second year to allow them to grow in strength.
The stalks will be much smaller the first two years, rising to three feet max (assuming
that you bought ONE year old roots). Let them be for the next two years then. Harvest the third
Do you have 3 year old roots?
Ann W on Dec 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not offer 3 year old roots. Our's are 1 year when shipped.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I like a small tender tasty asparagus. Are these like that?
Pamala S on Mar 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The small and tender part will depend upon when you pick it; all asparagus can be small and tender if you pick it on the early side. It actually becomes sweeter (and many say tastier) as the stalks fatten up. This is an excellent, tried-and-true variety. You really can't go wrong with it. Jersey Knight is another good one.
How mature are the martha asparagus plants?
Lori W on Jul 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Our asparagus crowns come in a package of 10, which are one-year-old crowns.
My plants were cut down in early September here in WV. I had a guy till my garden so I could plant a cover crop. The asparagus came back up and I was able to cut some a few weeks later. Does anyone else cut more than once a year?
William L on Nov 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We harvest in spring only until beginning of June, then let them fern and thrive for the next year's harvest. Also add 5-10-10 fertilizer at that time.
I have a bed that only gets full sum for about 4 hrs per day. Will asparagus succeed with this level of sun?
John D on Jun 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It will do ok without full sun, for sure. I have several beds, one of which gets probably 6 hours and it does very well. Come to think of it, it does better than my beds in full sun. But then I also live in the South. This asparagus has been very easy to grow, even in dry spells when I don't water it. I would take the chance.

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Love my asparagas
Big beatiful asparagus cut down for the winter and they come back in the spring in texas. Great vegetable and tender
May 6, 2016
over 5 years ago
Terrific in sandy hill-town soil
Been munching a couple stalks already, and am very excited about the flavor. Never had fresh asparagus before, it was so good I just grab a stalk and munch it as I tend my seedlings and do yard work. It doesn't even make it to the house :)
May 6, 2017
over 3 years ago
I planted all of these varieties two years ago and also planted some Asparagus fron a local big box store at the same time. The Stark Bros Asparagus is huge in comparison. It tastes so good! I really wish I could post a picture so you could see.
April 23, 2016
mary washington asparagus
All root bundles planted have come up and producing. Ready to start harvesting next year.
May 23, 2016
over 4 years ago
Started great
The plants started great and came back the next year. Will definitely buy from them again when I need plants
May 31, 2017
over 3 years ago
The re placement plants that you sent are coming up. I started them in peat pots so I could keep them watered. I also soaked them for 2 days before planting. almost all of them are growing, thanks
June 10, 2016
over 4 years ago
Year 2 coming in strong
I planted this in a partially shaded area and it’s coming in great!
May 7, 2018
over 3 years ago
mary washington asparagus
We have planted these 2 years ago and they are growing very nice... we will begin harvesting next year. Happy with this product.
May 20, 2016
over 5 years ago
average success rate
First year all ten plants grew. Second year, only four grew. I figure in a couple more years I can harvest some.
May 28, 2016
over 4 years ago
Some of the roots came up but some of them did not. I think we ordered 12 and only 8 came up. The eight are big and luscious though. We will reap in one more year waiting for the three years to harvest.
May 17, 2016
over 5 years ago