Growing Salsify

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name: Tragopogon porrifolius



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

Salsify is primarily grown for its oyster-like flavor. Its fleshy root resembles a slender Parsnip. It is a very hardy vegetable. The tender, broad, grass-like leaves can be used as salad greens.

The Salsify is a biennial plant with purple flowers and narrow leaves.


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


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


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


Mammoth Sandwich Island, French Blue Flowered


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