Trying to grow Asparagus in Florida is like trying to find pearls in supermarket oysters (improbable but not impossible) but trying it I am, again. I’ve tried growing them once before buying root-crowns from a nursery but nothing grew out of the soil ~ zilch ~ nada! Then I read a Florida gardeners’ forum… success is rare.
Well, it’s been 4 months to date since I opened a packet of Asparagus seeds (bought in Orlando’s mini-Vietnam) to try growing them.
I’m not sure if these are “strange” Asian asparagus or what, but they seem to be able to tolerate Florida weather so far (with global warming and all). They have their own patch now & I’ve been told that edible shoots will take an average of 3 years to appear and if they do, I will have my personal supply for the next 15 – 18 years! (Long term investment eh?)
In the meantime, I’ve learned that basil and tomatoes are good companion plants for these slow growers so all is not lost, multi-planting will take place.