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Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

There are similarities between salsify and parsnip in look, taste and cultivation. However, salsify is arguably tastier - sometimes dubbed the 'vegetable oyster'. If you like your root vegetables, salsify is an easy to grow addition to your autumn/winter diet. It's a biennial and plants unharvested after the first winter will continue growing, producing lovely blue flowers.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonydislike
Lightprefer
Loamyok
Heavyok
pH6.5 - 7.0
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnprefer
Before plantingdislike
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Sow outdoors

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 10cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow in 1cm drills in a well-prepared seed bed and thin to 10cm between plants when large enough to handle, discarding thinnings.\n\nThey should need little care except ensuring that they are kept watered, little and often, to prevent the splitting that can result from rapid wetting after a dry spell.


harvest harvest

Roots can be left in the ground all winter but will obviously be difficult to lift from deeply frozen ground. Thin or split roots can be left in the ground until the spring to thicken up. Lift carefully with a fork as they can be quite brittle.


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