Asparagus

Growing Asparagus in Missouri

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14th January 2017

Asparagus is a high-yielding, early-season vegetable for home gardeners and commercial growers across Missouri. Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis), which is in the same family of vegetables as onion, is grown as a perennial vegetable in Missouri and can yield for 10 or more years. The asparagus plant is composed of ferns, crown and a root system (Figure 1). The ferns are not true leaves but are stems that photosynthesize and transfer energy to the crown.