The roots have a delicious oyster-like flavor and can
be used in an oyster soup. Salsify likes a rich, deep-spaded,
light garden soil. Sow in rows early in the spring. Space 24
inches apart. Sow seed 1/2 inch deep, and 2 to 3 seeds to
the inch. Thin out the plants to stand 6 to 8 inches apart in
They take a long time to germinate - up to 21 days. Since
they are a root crop, they prefer deep, stone-free soil. The
seeds frequently fail if they are not kept consistently wet
until the seedlings are established. Harvest in 16 to 25 weeks.
The roots are hardy and can be left in the ground until April.
As a biennial salsify flowers and goes to seed the the second
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oyster-like flavor. Produces long, slim succulent roots with
snow white flesh. A must for soups and seasoning.