Growing calendar
Sow outdoors Apr
Harvest Oct - mid Feb

How to grow salsify and scorzonera

Regularly sow salsify and scorzonera seed 1cm deep, placing three seeds every 15cm. Sow in rows 20-30cm apart. Thin to leave the strongest plant.

If you want longer roots, sow in deep soil.

Water in dry weather for steady growth and carefully remove weeds by hand. Avoid damaging the roots as that may cause them to divide or 'fork'.

Harvesting salsify and scorzonera

Dig up salsify and scorzonera as needed from autumn. You can leave them in the soil over winter and harvest in the spring.

Dig up carefully as the roots are easily broken.

Young spring shoots are also edible.

Growing notes
Difficulty Easy
Germination time 12-16 days
Average time to harvest From 20 weeks
Equipment needed None
Average plant size 30cm tall, 10cm wide
Family group Asteraceae: eg lettuce, chicory
Key nutritional content Fibre, folate
Seed saving notes Biennial, needs isolation