Growing Black Salsify

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name:  Scorzonera hispanica

Seed

 

Black Salsify

Black Salsify Plant

Planting time: SP,FA
Seeds per ounce: 1900
Ounces per square foot: .09 per 100sqft
Minimum legal germination rate: 75%
Germination type:

Long Germination

 

Notes
The Black Salsify is a hardy perennial with yellow ray flowers. Roots can be eaten and the leaves can be used as fresh greens for salads.

The thin black taproot grows up to one 3 feet long and up to 3/4" in diameter. The root has a black skin with white internal flesh. In many organic gardens it's replacing a very similar crop called Salsify, because it’s roots tend to be longer, smoother, less fibrous, and of a finer texture.

Black Salsify prefers deep, well drained soils. Deeper soils promote long, straight roots with few deformities.

 

Planting

   
In garden spacing (inches): 3  
In flat spacing (inches): 1  
Planting depth (inches): 1/8
Maximum number of plants per square foot: 25
Nutrient relationship:: Light Feeder
   

Harvest

 

Days to maturity: 119
Harvesting period (days): 28
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: 1
   
     

Cultural

Diseases: Root Knot, Soft Rot.
Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder) Bean Aphid, Carrot Rust Fly, Eastern Field Wireworm, Green Peach Aphid, Pea Aphid
   

Varieties

No varieties are recorded under culture. This is an armature breeder opportunity!

 

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