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Green asparagus looks purple

Posted by jennieboyer 8 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 16, 14 at 15:44


I went to finish cleaning up my asparagus bed this afternoon, and found two spears coming up. One is white, which I realize probably happened because last year's ferns were blocking the sun. The other appears to be almost purple. I know it's not a purple variety, as I only planted green varieties, and only got green asparagus last year. What gives?


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RE: Green asparagus looks purple

  • Posted by digdirt 6b-7a North AR (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 16, 14 at 17:20

Looks pretty normal to me. I also grow the purple varieties and they are PUR-ple. That one isn't nearly as purple like they are.

Assuming your soil has adequate P in it, which most all do, then the cooler springs temps can often create the look of pink/purpling of many varieties of young plants as they have a bit of difficulty absorbing phos when the roots are cool. Usually disappears normally as the weather warms and the plants mature.


RE: Green asparagus looks purple

  • Posted by glib 5.5 (My Page) on
    Sun, Feb 16, 14 at 21:14

Due to a series of accidents I have three types of 'gus in my bed. And one of them is purple. My FIL used to have a giant bed of white asparagus which, my wife says, was ten times better than my own. so you just have a little mix in there.

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