Salsify Mammoth Sandwich 100 Seeds
Site. Plant salsify in full sun. Sow salsify in soil rich in organic matter well-worked to the depth of 8 to 12 inches. Remove all stones and soil lumps from planting beds; obstacles in the soil can cause roots to fork and split. Salsify prefers a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.8.
Planting time. Salsify is a hardy cool-weather root crop. Sow salsify 2 weeks before the last expected frost in spring when the soil temperature has reached about 40°F. In mild winter regions, sow salsify in early autumn for a winter harvest. Salsify requires 120 to 150 days to reach harvest and is best when it comes to maturity in cool weather. Salsify can be harvested after the first freeze in autumn. Do not allow salsify to sit in the garden after temperatures rise above 85°F; roots will become stringy and fibrous.
Planting and spacing. Sow salsify seed ½ inch deep and ½ inch apart. Thin successful seedlings to stand 3 to 4 inches apart. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart.
Water and feeding. Keep salsify evenly moist to prevent the roots from getting stringy. Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of planting. Side dress salsify with compost at midseason. Manure or too much nitrogen added to the soil before sowing can cause roots to fork and split.
Companion plants. Carrots, turnips, rutabaga, potatoes, sweet potatoes.
Care. Keep planting beds weed free. Mulch planting beds with 1 to 2 feet of straw if harvest is planned after the onset of freezing weather.
Container growing. Salsify, like many long-rooted crops, is not a good choice for container growing.
Pests. Salsify has no serious pest problems.
Diseases. Salsify has no serious disease problems.
Harvest. Salsify roots 12 inches long or longer are ready for harvest. Lift salsify whole by hand or with a spading fork being careful not to break roots. Roots require 120 to 150 days to reach harvest. Salsify can withstand freezing so leave roots in the ground until you want them. The longer salsify is in the ground the less it tastes like oysters.
This rough looking white root vegetable is wonderful baked, steamed.
Also known as oyster vegetable.