Bred in NZ, Pacific Challenger produces an all green spear.
High tolerance to phytophthora.
Early to mid season variety
It produces medium to large (17cm - 23cm), green spears with purple bracts. They are often used for processing and for fresh market.
It typically produces for 10-15 years.
Asparagus are true perennials and are almost everlasting in the garden - lasting well over 20 years!
Asparagus Crowns can be planted anytime from early August through to late November, and will reward you with deliciousness for years to come!
Asparagus Planting instructions:
- Select a nice and sunny permanent position, ensuring that all grass, roots, and Oxalis etc are completely removed... we don't want the Asparagus to be competing with weeds.
- It's important that the bed be raised 10-12cm above the surrounding garden to ensure good drainage.
- Prior to planting, work in some compost, well rotted manure, or a good dressing of blood and bone fertilizer.
- To plant the crowns, open up a 15 cm wide trench 7-8 cm deep and place crowns 45 cm a part with roots spread out in star fashion. Replace the soil covering the crowns. Keep your rows 60-80 cm a part.
For a full overview of how to plant Asparagus visit our Gardeners Guide.