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.
It is now many years ago since we made the readers of the Gardener's Monthly acquainted with the fact that the sexes of asparagus were on separate plants; that is to say that it was dioecious, and therefore it was impossible that any supposed variety could be reproduced from seed. The discovery has now been made in England, and the Gardener"s Magazine has engravings of the separate male and female plants. The editor has an excellent article on varieties, deduced from this fact, and shows what we have often done, that all the money spent on "new" and "improved" varieties of asparagus is money wasted. Seeds from a well grown asparagus bed will probably give better plants than seed from mere wildings; and this is all the "improvement" we can get from asparagus, unless some one should start the plan of dividing the roots of some unusually good plant.