Black salsify is a cool season crop grown primarily for its long, brown-black roots. To learn more about black salsify, click here.
Soil preparation: Choose soil for planting that has a fine texture and has well drained soils. Add an additional 4 to 6 cups of all-purpose fertilizer to enhance growth. To learn more about soil preparation, click here.
- Begin sowing seeds as soon as the soil can be worked.
- Plant seeds ½ inch deep.
- Place rows 10-15 inches apart.
Irrigation: This root prefers a regular supply of water, irrigate with 1-2 inches of water per week. To learn more about irrigation, click here.
Fertilizer: Apply ½ cup of nitrogen based fertilizer to plants in the mid-summer. To learn more about fertilizing, click here.
Harvest: Salsify roots are resistant; they will not be damaged by freezing. Roots can be dug and stored or left in the garden until needed. Store salsify at 32°F and 95-98% humidity. High humidity will keep the roots from shriveling.
COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES: Aphids are insects that rarely affect salsify. White rust is a disease that can cause the salsify plant to grow yellow spots on its leaves. Overall salsify is not susceptible to many common diseases. To learn more about common pests and diseases, click here.