Sunday, 15 September 2013

Male or Female?

The best asparagus to grow is all male asparagus. Since it doesn't waste energy to flower and producing seeds, all energy is directed towards the growing spear. There will be bigger and more spear in each clump.
How can you tell whether it is male or female asparagus? When asparagus reach the flowering stage, a growing spear will get taller but its fine leave will be sparse, soon after that many flowers will appear. I kept pinching the flower bud hoping to encourage the growth of the spear.

sparse needle like leaves and many flowerbuds

lush looking male asparagus in front & female at the back

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