A progress report… dates of planting for asparagus production
F. H. Takatori, University of California
J. I. Stillman, University of California
F. D. Souther, University of California
California Agriculture 25(12):14-15. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v025n12p14.
These tests show that a good initial stand of asparagus can be obtained through direct seeding from early spring to late summer; however, the final established stand was dependent upon the cultural practice following the first season of growth. Plantings made in July or later, in warm production areas such as southern California, do not gain sufficient size during the first season to permit covering with soil before the second season. The production of marketable spears from one-year-old plants was limited, and it appeared that this reduction in quality may be carried over into subsequent harvest seasons.
Frank H. Takatori is Specialist, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside. James I. Stillman is Staff Research Associates, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside. Frank D. Souther is Staff Research Associates, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside.