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Three Pound Coffee Can Asparagus

SKU: 0341A-P25

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Item Details

Seed Savers Exchange co-founders, Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy, brought this variety with them when they moved to Decorah, Iowa, in 1984. Diane recounts its origin in her memoir, Gathering: “A few years earlier, a gentleman had sent me a three-pound Folgers coffee can full of seed. He said the plants were always grown from seed and rivaled any commercial variety, but they came to me with no name. His claim was true. These plants were eventually transplanted to a patch in front of the barn at Heritage Farm and 20 years later have developed into a magnificent bed. One good thing about growing older: your asparagus patch gets better.”

  • Organic
  • From the Collection
  • Perennial
  • Prolific plants produce large sweet stalks

This variety works for:

  • Boiling
  • Steaming
  • Roasting
  • Grilling

Asparagus is prized as an early spring vegetable, and can be prepared in dozens of ways

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed but the days are still cool. Fertilize liberally for best results. An annual in zones 3-6 (vernalization recommended) or perennial in zones 7+.

  • Start Indoors: 8-12 weeks before last frost
  • Germination: 20-60 Days
  • Plant Outdoors: 4-6” Apart
  • Light: Full Sun

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Annual or perennial


Question, is this a perennial or an annual in zone 5?

Yes, this could be an perennial in your zone.



Is this a perennial for zone 4b? And is this a type that should mature for 3 years before harvesting?

Yes, it is a perennial for your zone. And yes, you will need to wait at least three years to harvest...especially since you will be growing from seed.

Thank you!