How to Save Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) Seeds

Seed Saving Guide #2689
Family: Asparagaceae
Binomial name: Asparagus officinalis

Flower Type Dioecious (male and female plants)
Pollination Insect pollinated
Isolation Distance 500m
Population Required for Viable Seeds At least 1 male and 1 female
Population Required to Maintain Variety 20-50
When to Harvest When berries turn red.
How to Harvest

Pick individual berries from the plant when ripe and store in a warm, protected place for a few days to ensure fruits are mature. Blend berries with water in a blender fitted with a dough hook, pour into a large container and add more water. Agitate until seeds separate from the flesh and settle in the bottom of the container. Decant the water and flesh, leaving the seeds.

How to Clean

Rinse seeds thoroughly to remove all remaining pulp. Spread seeds out on a plate to dry

Image of Seeds Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

Asparagus can also be propagated vegetatively by lifting and dividing crowns.

What is Seed Saving?

Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use. 

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