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Growing Salsify, also Vegetable oyster

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P              

(Best months for growing Salsify in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 14-21 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beans, Brassicas, Carrots, Celeriac, Endive, Kohl-rabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Alliums, Spinach

Your comments and tips

02 Sep 12, Laurie (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi does any one know where I can but the seeds for salsify around Nowra NSW or on line? Thanks
13 Oct 12, reni (Australia - temperate climate)
try Diggers seeds in Dromana Victoria -Im growing the large salsify successfully
15 Nov 12, Mordecai Veldt (USA - Zone 5b climate)
I am in a bind! I would really like to have some preserved salsify seed head puffs for my fiancee's wedding bouquet in may, but they won't be ready here in the USA by that time. If you are successfully growing them in Australia, we could work together to show you how to preserve them and have them shipped here? Can anyone help me out?
27 Nov 15, Louise Huber (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Mordecai, I just found some growing wild yesterday. I picked one seedhead. The rest had not yet formed. I'm willing to have a go at preserving them for you. The seed head would look great in a bouquet. Louise Huber
18 Oct 12, PhilB (Australia - temperate climate)
I obtained my salsify seeds from New Gippsland Seeds & Bulbs and sowed seeds for the first time - seedlings are growing very well. reni, what spacings are using between seedlings/plants? (If you check the entry for salsify on the Vegetables and Herbs page you will find that information - Liz) Also has anyone had any experience growing scorzonera (aka Black salsify) ? I had very poor germination when I tried this year.
05 Aug 12, Karen Hawkins (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy salsify seed in Tasmania have just tryed it and enjoyed very much. thank you cheers Karen
27 Aug 12, Paul Yacopetti (Australia - temperate climate)
theitaliangardener.com.au Very fast service,reliable seeds and big quantity in pack. Have bought a few lots off them;hignly recomended
07 Jul 12, d james (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
yes I also like growing it transplanted 30 seedlings and all still alive and very happy by the garlic
26 May 12, Yvonne Gill (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Do you where I could obtain seeds for salsify in South Africa?
20 Mar 12, Fini (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I bought salsify seeds from the lost seed.
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