UC-157 Asparagus, a long-lived, herbaceous perennial, is a member of the asparagus family (Asparagaceae). The plant self-propagates by rhizomatous roots. UC-157 Asparagus is monecious, producing both male and female flowers, and does not need a second plant for pollination. But the female flowers must receive pollen from the male flowers to set fruit, which is usually carried out by bees. So, it may be helpful to plant bee-attracting plants, like marigolds and zinnias, nearby to ensure pollination. Once established, the plant can produce for decades, but it should not be harvested until the second year or third year.
Never cook Asparagus in an aluminum pan. Put Asparagus into water immediately when harvesting to retain moisture.
This variety of Asparagus does well when sown directly. The first harvest will be between 2 and 3 years after planting the first seed, with the first harvest being smaller than most. This plant will continue to produce in the garden for 15 or so years after these initial years. Add organic matter to well-drained soil, and keep weeds out. Sow seeds 1" below the surface and expose them to full sun. To harvest, cut each spear just below the soil when they are 8-11" long. After harvest, cut plants down to 1" above the soil and mulch over for continual harvests in the following seasons.
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