Asparagus Farming In Kenya

This article focuses on asparagus farming in Kenya. Asparagus is one of the most expensive vegetables in Kenya. It is a perennial vegetable that is very nutritious.

Varieties of Asparagus Grown in Kenya

  • Dorbone
  • Hochels
  • Mary Washington
  • Staudenauslese
  • Jersey Giant F1
  • Jersey King F1

Health Benefits of Asparagus

  • Has anti-ageing properties.
  • Rich in fibre which is good for digestive health.
  • Aids in foetal growth during pregnancy.
  • Full of antioxidants such as Vitamin E, flavonoids and polyphenols which help to protect cells from the effects of free radicals and oxidative stress.

Ecological Conditions for Growing Asparagus

  • Fertile and well-drained Sandy loam soils with pH of 6.0- 6.8.
  • Day temperature that ranges between 23°C to 29°C and night temperature that ranges from 13°C to 19°C.
  • Altitude of above 1000m.

Land Preparation and Propagation

  • Land should be well ploughed, about 20-25 cm deep.
  • Asparagus can be propagated through seeds or crowns.
  • If propagation is through seeds, sow the seeds in a nursery with a spacing of 25-30cm apart.

Fertiliser Application

  • Experts recommend the use of fertilisers such as DAP during planting (30g/ square metres) and 30g/ square metres of CAN during top dressing.

Pest and Disease Management

  • Pests such as asparagus beetle may be a nuisance to your plant. To control such pests, you can use insecticides such as pyrethrin.
  • To control diseases, you can use fungicides such as cupracaflarowc.


  • Asparagus is best harvested during the third year. Harvesting can be done during the first 2 years. However, it is not recommended to allow the asparagus to establish deep roots.
  • An acre of land can yield about 2-8 tons of asparagus.

Asparagus Market in Kenya

Asparagus in Kenya is grown for the local market and export market. Locally, asparagus can be sold in open-air markets, hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. A kilo of asparagus retails between Kshs 700-1000.

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