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Growing Salsify, also Vegetable oyster

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(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
  • Harvested salsify roots
    Harvested salsify roots

This root vegetable is not seen in supermarkets but is as easy to grow as carrots or parsnips.

It is a fairly slow growing vegetable but can be harvested in small amounts as required. The ground can be loosened with a fork and a few roots lifted for use.

Scorzonera is a variety of salsify which has black skin on the root.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Salsify

Wash and scrape the roots then boil before frying or roasting. They can also be used to make a creamed soup.

Your comments and tips

20 Jan 18, Chap (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where do I buy salsify seeds in New Zealand?
03 Feb 18, Eliot Thomas (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I buy most of my seeds from This site and have salsify
28 Jan 18, Bruce (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
search for seeds-4u on the net, lists two varieties of salsify amongst their interesting range of unusual and hierloom seeds.
08 Jan 18, (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi where can I buy salsify seeds? I am in inner Sydney
09 Jan 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Eden or 4 seasons seeds on the internet have it.
01 Dec 17, Heather (Australia - temperate climate)
I've sown some Salsify seeds from Eden Seeds, but can't find a picture anywhere of what the seed leaves look like. I know the plant has grass-like leaves, but generally the seed leaves are completely different. I'm not game to weed the patch until I can identify which are the salsify seedlings. Can someone please describe them for me? I don't think we can post pictures here, unfortunately.
03 Dec 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google "salsify seedlings" - plenty of photos of the young plants. You may have to wait until they grow a bit.
24 Apr 17, Donna Townsend (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I just purchased seeds from Seeds2freedom great service froo postage
26 Mar 17, Jo (Australia - temperate climate)
I just purchased salsify seeds produced by Bairnsdale seed company, Goodman Seeds. I picked them up in the local IGA supermarket!
27 Mar 17, Jo (Australia - temperate climate)
Goodman's is a good seed supplier to deal with. Their seeds are available from many outlets in Victoria and they are an independent, family owned company that has been going for about 125 years. If you are in other areas they do sell online.
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I would love to plant black salsify in my area ( Muskoka, 225 kms north of Toronto) . I grew up in France where salsify is a common vegetable and I really miss it here. I realize that I live in a colder zone than is probably possible for growing salsify and that the harvesting is normally done in the winter but would it be possible to wait for Spring to harvest ? And if not, do I need to grow it in a greenhouse ? Thanks for your suggestions!!

- Christine Rivière-Anderson

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