Asparagus Pacific Challenger 5 crown

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Pacific Challenger is a green variety with a high tolerance to phytophthora.

Planting:
When soil temperatures rise in spring.

  • North Island August - October.
  • South Island from early October.

Plant in well drained deep free sandy loom soil with plenty of organic compost. Cover the crowns with 5cm of loose soil to ensure a good start. Slowly cover the balance during the following Summer/Autumn. Ensure site is free of weeds.

Fertiliser:
A high pH is preferable. Lime and superphosphate should be dug into the soil prior to planting to a depth that most root growth will occur. eg. below 15cm.

Fern Removal:
Once the fern has completely died off and turned brown cut off at ground level.

Harvest:
Normally two years after planting. If crowns grow well in the first year and are 15mm or bigger in diameter these can be harvested. The harvest season on average lasts 8 weeks.