Single Packet of 85 Seeds
This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
If you love Asparagus and have the patience to grow it, then try establishing it yourself, from freshly harvested Asparagus officinalis seeds. These vegetables can take up to 2 years to successfully grow, but the wait is well worth it, since this vegetable is one of the most rewarding. Mary Washington is an heirloom variety that produces green spears, with dark green tips. The plants grow to a mature height of roughly 3 to 7 feet tall, and can take up a bit of gardening space, so growing them in a designated area is recommended. Once established, you will begin to harvest deliciously fresh Asparagus spears, year after year for about 15 years or more.
As explained above, Mary Washington will produce year after year and is categorized as a perennial vegetable. The plants will establish a deep root system in their initial year of growth, later wilting on the surface with the harsh temperatures of the Winter season. The plants will then regrow, displaying green foliage the following Spring and will produce light yields of crop within the second season. By the third season, you will be enjoying heavier yields of these delicious vegetables.
Sowing The Seed
Start by soaking your Asparagus seeds in warm water for 12 hours prior to sowing. The seeds can also be prepped through a method of scarification as well. Sow your seeds indoors, in peat pots, 8 to 10 weeks prior to the last frost, or direct sow outdoors, when the weather has become warm. The seeds will need to be sown at approximately 1/2” deep. Transplant when all danger of frost passes.
Asparagus plants will thrive in the warm months of Summer and are best established in an area of full sunlight. They require a sterile soil, with no history of desease. You will also want to make sure that your sowing medium is well drained as well. To improve drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to any area that contains hard, compact soil. Water the seeds daily until germination has successfully occurred.
Germination & Growth
Asparagus seeds can be slow to germinate, typically taking up to 8 weeks. The plants will grow to a mature height of roughly 3 to 7 feet tall and can be spaced about 2 to 3 feet apart, in rows that are spaced about 3 to 4 feet apart. Harvest the spears by cutting near the crown. NEVER pull the Asparagus, as this can cause damage.
Harvesting Mary Washington Asparagus
Mary Washington Asparagus is one of the most rewarding perennial vegetables available. They can be harvested lightly in the second year of growth, with a more heavy yield in it's third year. To harvest your Mary Washington Asparagus, simply snap the spears near ground level. Avoid using a knife to prevent disease from one plant to another. NEVER Pull your Asparagus spears when harvesting as this can damage the plants.
To store, Refrigerate the spears in bags for up to 14 to 21 days.
We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.
If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.
It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.
Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.