This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Seeing your notes on sex in asparagus, I am tempted to write a few lines in* regard to the subject. Twelve years ago, among some trees and shrubs received from St. Louis, there was found an asparagus plant, which I set in a corner of my garden. When this plant flowered and produced no seeds, I set it down as a male plant. I was not aware then that asparagus flowers bore the sexes on different plants. Valuing this plant, I dug it up and divided it, making six or seven plants, one of which I set in an old asparagus bed; but none of these six or seven plants ever bore seeds. In my old asparagus bed I have a plant differing much from the others. It grows larger and has a stem as white as if bleached. I have often been asked to raise seedlings from this plant, but knowing that perhaps but one in a hundred would be like it, I intend to take it up and divide it. It is thus more easily propagated than rhubarb. When going over my asparagus bed annually to cut off the seed stalks I am always reminded to try to make my next bed of male plants, to save myself this trouble.